The news is out: [Some colleges and universities inundated with spikes in coronavirus infections are sending students home despite high-ranking White House public health officials’ warnings that doing so could ignite a national resurgence of COVID-19.
“It’s the worst thing you could do,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last week. “When you send them home, particularly when you’re dealing with a university where people come from multiple different locations, you could be seeding the different places with infection.”
Last week, students at James Madison University in Virginia were told to go back home, some just days after arriving, when it became clear that the positivity rate was rising too rapidly to control. California State University, Chico also announced last week plans to close residence halls and move in-person classes to online after a spike in cases among 18- to 24-year-olds in the surrounding area. And officials at Indiana University at Bloomington recommended that all of the university’s 40 Greek houses close their chapters because of increasing positivity rates.
Among the most high-profile examples: Administrators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told undergraduates last month to return home less than a week after moving into residence halls and starting classes.
The decision is a double-whammy: Returning students from all over the country and globe put the immediate college town at increased risk of infection, just as sending students home puts their hometowns at risk upon their return.]
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