“Uh, ah AHCHOO! There’s no way I’m making it to class today,” moans your roommate, and now the clock is ticking as to when you will be feeling that way: sinuses clogged, headache, body aches, fever, pretty much every symptom on the front of the DayQuil box. A good cold could put you a week or more behind in your schoolwork. Even worse, it was Barney Stinson (of How I Met Your Mother) who said, “A week? That’s like a year in hot girl time!” You don’t want your current crush to wonder why you haven’t been around for the past week or two. Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
First thing’s first: stock up on supplies. Hit the drug store and pick up some antibacterial spray for surfaces and the air (if you get the product that combines surfaces and air, you only need to buy one bottle instead of two). Grab some Emergen-C or AirBourne to strengthen your immune system. Soup would be a nice gift to your roommate since the quicker they get over the sickness, the quicker those germs are out of your dorm room.
Once you get back to your dorm, start disinfecting. Hit areas that both of you touch: doorknobs, light switches, a shared bathroom, etc. Be sure to open a window or two or you will end up coughing yourself from the fumes. Even if its very cold or very warm outside, keep the window cracked so you can get some ventilation. Be sure to adjust your air conditioner/heater accordingly.
After you have set up your room, this might sound harsh, but try to spend as little time in your room as possible. This works for two reasons: first, if your roommate has a migraine or headache you making noise or having lights on will not help. Also, letting them sleep it off is one of the best things they can do. Second, not being around gets you away from those germs.
Hope your roommate gets better and best of luck warding off their sickness.