Greetings Fellow Con Goers,
Well, the change of season has come (Persona fans might have this song playing in their head). Its fall and with fall comes cooler weather, color changing leaves, and less sun during the afternoon (I don’t like that part so much).
Of course, for a con goer, it just means more cons to go to. However, as seasonal changes come, it also means more colds, fevers, runny noses, etc. Add those two together, and you get something that affects many congoers: Con Plague.
Not just common during colder seasons, Con Plague (as many have come to call it) is what happens when you go to a convention and after its conclusion, you get sick. Sometimes it’s minor like a cold, but other times it can get worse. I even spoke to one person who said they ended up getting dysentery. Some might call it a small price to pay for having such a fun weekend, but when you get it, it’s never fun (dysentery should never be a fun at any point)
The reason I wanted to talk about this now is mainly because of the change of season. Colder weather is here (and it’s going to get even more cold once the season changes again), so there are things you can do to help prevent con plague from hitting you.
- If you know the weather is going to be cold during a con, wear a cosplay that is warmer. I wouldn’t expect a costume like Yoko (Gurren Lagann) or half of the male characters of Street Fighter to wear their main outfit during a winter con like Ohayocon. It would just be crazy (though I’m sure some people have done it before). If you’re not prepared for the weather, chances are your body might break down trying to keep yourself warm.
- If you have a cosplay that you REALLY want to wear for that con, see if you can find a way to modify it for colder weather. I know that this is easier said than done, and nearly impossible for some costumes, but try to figure out a way. An example I can think of: I cosplay Ness. Short shirt and shorts. I simply end up wearing blue jeans instead of shorts. Simple, but it works.
- I’ve mentioned in earlier articles about bringing your own food to conventions. I would like to emphasize this again and say that make sure the food is healthy. It doesn’t have to be something that’s gross, but make sure that it contains vitamins to help fight from the germs that go around. Also, it might not be a bad idea to bring bottles of water instead of drinking the hotel’s water.
- Take some vitamins. I’ve heard of people who use Airborne (A vitamin supplement) to boost their immune system during the con. If you don’t want to go that far, a simple glass of OJ will work well too. The choice is up to you.
- Speaking of germs, wash your hands, sanitize them and just keep yourself clean. It’s an easy way to prevent germs from spreading.
- Shower! I can’t believe I have to emphasize this, but shower. You’re not only helping yourself out, but also the other people of the convention. No one wants to get sick from your nastiness…let alone smell bad BO.
- Try to get rest during the weekend. Your body does need time to recuperate after all the things you’ve done (whatever they may be). I know some people like to stay up late for the rave, so perhaps get a light nap in to compensate for the extra time spent awake.
- If you plan on going out somewhere, do some research on the place you plan on going to; Read reviews and see if it’s actually a good place or if it’s notorious for making people sick.
- Be careful who you come into contact with. I love hugs, but I’d be careful around people who have those free hugs signs. You don’t know who might have hugged them. (Also, to those who ask for hugs, no means no! If they don’t want a hug, don’t force yourself upon them. This goes for just about anything else).
- *Equips Paladin Shield* Before you decide to find some random person and fool around with them…think about this, you don’t know where that person has been before being with you. Even with protection, you might risk more than just con plague. So please…use good judgment.
I feel that these are a few good tips on staying healthy during a con. If you guys have anymore that you’d like to share, please feel free to share them with us in the comments. In the end, try not to stress out over it too much. It’s nice to be safe, but don’t let it ruin your weekend. Enjoy yourself :)
See you guys next time.
I would like to thank the following people for giving me some additional info in this article: Christa, Alexis, and Jaxx. Also, thank you Rose for giving me the inspiration for this article.