Checking the news and the UNC meme page makes it seem like the world is becoming like the film “Contagion.” In the movie, a mystery disease infects the world and society crumbles. With confirmed cases of coronavirus across the world, and a mumps case here in Chapel Hill, the threat of disease seems omnipresent.
UNC is decidedly not like “Contagion.” Only one case of the mumps has been reported on campus. Still, this is a good opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of vaccinations and staying healthy this season.
This year has been free of the scandals that defined the 2018-2019 academic year. But just as we began to relax, diseases (old and new) have emerged.
On Jan. 22, the UNC community received an email from Alert Carolina that a case of the mumps had been reported on campus. This is not necessarily a reason to be concerned, but the disease can still spread quickly; especially on a university campus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps can be a potentially fatal virus characterized by symptoms of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Most people will also have swelling of their cheeks and jaw as a result of inflamed salivary glands.