How to Avoid Mono

Mono is a virus that takes the wind out of your sails, the pep out of your step and the fun out of being a college student.

The mononucleosis or “mono” virus is sometimes referred to as the “kissing disease.” That is because the virus is spread through oral secretions like kissing or sharing drinks, food, inhalers or cigarettes. Not everyone who is exposed to mono develops the disease.
Ways to prevent mono are:
  • Avoid sharing drinks, straws, food, food utensils, inhalers, and cigarettes.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying healthy overall is very important, too. The healthy individual is better prepared to ward off any virus when exposed.
  • Get a nutritional diet and adequate sleep (at least six to eight hours a night).
  • Exercising at least five times a week (when you are healthy) keeps the body fit and less likely to catch any of the various viral illnesses floating around campus.
If a friend or family member is diagnosed with mono, what do you do?
  • First, remember not everyone who is exposed will get mono.
  • Second, it takes four-five weeks for the virus to incubate and develop into mono.
  • Third, stay healthy if at all possible.
If you develop symptoms such as fatigue, extreme sore throat, headache, and generalized not feeling well, make an appointment at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center or with your primary care provider for a medical evaluation.