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Heidi Johnson

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It’s that time of year again when the flu season settles over Borah High School and wipes out half of the student population. The cold and flu season is impossible to stop, but there’s a chance of prevention.

Borah’s a respectable blue-collared school with satisfactory facilities, of which one is the weight room.

Although the workout chamber sees over a hundred student athletes a day, it is a prime location for spreading germs.

Fitness magazine claims that regular gym equipment can carry fungus, bacteria, and viruses for up to three days. Hot spots for these germs are found on the free weights, weight machines, exercise balls, and the locker room. This means that these areas are the dirtiest, and most likely are the reason for the spread of illness.

Unlike public gyms, Borah’s weights are cleaned daily not only by custodians but also by teacher  aides and students. “We always have disinfecting wipes down there, and I know they are being put to use, because we go through them like crazy,” said principal Tim Standlee.

The wipes help out when it comes to one of the main users of the  weight room–our beloved sweaty wrestlers. During their season, they are constantly taking turns in passing around sickness.

The good news is when there is something going around the team, they are kept out of the weight room, according to Greg Mitchell, the Sports Medicine teacher.

Another concern is the ceiling. “Sometimes after your workout, you’re covered in paint chips and ceiling foam,” said senior Clayton Berlinguet, a football player, adding, “Not to mention the random cockroaches.”

The occasional cockroach and old ceiling in Borah’s 40-year-old weight room may be a sign for a renovation, like any gym.

“I would like to eventually have a cardio center and maybe add another floor,” Standlee said, “but all those requests take grants and money, so maybe someday.”

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