LACKAWANNA COUNTY—Whether it is a cold that just will not go away or nausea and vomiting, many people are dealing with illnesses this time of year.
An emergency room doctor at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton said important to remember, flu season is not over yet.
“And on top of seeing the flu virus, we’re seeing multiple different types of viruses, where people are presenting with all different types of complaints like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, post nasal drip, cough, it’s still here. So winter is still here with us,” said Dr. Saul Rigau.
In Luzerne County, more than 200 Valley Elementary Students were out sick Monday with a virus or kept home because parents wanted to keep them healthy.
State Health Department officials said they are aware of and monitoring the outbreak in that Hazleton Area school.
Newswatch 16 found people of all ages who said they are getting over illnesses or sick right now.
Ronnie Camp is a kindergartner in Scranton who just got over a stomach bug.
“I went to the nurse,” said Camp whose grandmother said he was sick with vomiting and fever for more than 5 days.
Len Lowry of Scranton said he has a cold that just will not go away.
“Just nasal drip, sore throat. And a cough. Is that what everybody has? Yeah,” he laughed.
Dr. Rigau said those long term sicknesses are not uncommon.
“The thing about viruses being 24 hour colds is no longer, people now who get viruses, they can hang around for 6 weeks, so people feel sick for 6 weeks and sometimes for recovery,” said Dr. Rigau.
He added the one way to really prevent getting ill is to wash your hands, use napkins and tissues and try to avoid those who are sick.