How to Not Die at AWA
Don’t get con crud!
You don’t want to spend the weeks after the convention regretting taking a picture with that awesome Sailor Moon who sneezed just before your camera took the picture. Follow these quick tips to make sure your body is strong enough to fend off the incoming germs and avoid being patient zero in the zombie apocalypse.
AWA is lots of fun, and you’d like to remember it. You don’t want all your friends to remember you spending the weekend calling Ralph on the big porcelain phone.
Eat real food at least once daily. Bring some protein bars with you for on-the-go snacks, but sitting down for a nice meal daily is good for body and soul. May I recommend the discounted breakfast buffet at the Waverly? You can watch the cosplay action in the atrium while you nosh.
Sleep. Seriously, a recent published study found that sleeping at least 5 hours a night was associated with improved immune system function. Con crud is probably not one of the souvenirs you had intended to bring home.
Get your flu shot!
Get your flu shot 2 weeks before your first Fall con. Seriously, AWA, and some other big area conventions take place right at the start of flu season. You can get your flu shot early in August. Give it at least 2 weeks before you expect it to protect you. You may be great at hand-washing, but was the last person to press floor 5 in elevator 3 as dilligent? Ask yourself, punk, do you feel lucky?
Take your medicine!
Take your prescribed medicine. Take it as prescribed, even at con. The laws of medicine still apply, eve during the most fun weekend of the year. And don’t take anyone else’s medicine.
What if I get sick/hurt at AWA?
If you get sick or injured at AWA: Please come see us in the hotel’s library on the second floor of the Waverly next to the Spa. We’re open most days from 9 AM to 9 PM, and stock a supply of over-the-counter medications, bandages, and have some pretty neat people you’ll love meeting. We like people, so please come introduce yourself!
Laura Calmon Block, PharmD
Senior Director, Anime Weekend Atlanta
EMPH Candidate, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University