Coronavirus sweeps college campuses, sparking fears over holiday breaks

Jacquie Cadorette
September 22, 2020 - 5:00 am

    As the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on college campuses across the US, many are now fearing what will happen when these students are sent home for their holiday breaks.

    With coronavirus cases spiking on college campuses, many are forced to send their students into quarantine mode until the cases begin to drop, forcing many to forfeit in-person classes in favor of remote learning options.

    At the University of Colorado, for example, students are forced to take all classes remotely for at least two weeks to "help protect the health and safety of our Boulder community," Chancellor Phil DiStefano said Monday, according to Bloomberg.

    Meanwhile, the New Jersey Institute of Technology quarantined 300 people last week after the coronavirus was found in a dorm's wastewater.

    Many schools are even opting to end their semesters in November when Thanksgiving break hits, leaving people worried that students will bring the coronavirus with them when they disperse across the country.

    Gavin Yamey, a physician directing Duke University's Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, said, "This is beyond our wildest nightmares. It has been a debacle, a national catastrophe, and, in many ways, you could consider it a third wave. The third wave is a university reopening wave. It was a self-inflicted national wound."

    Students have begun to police each other, suggesting that those not wearing masks put one on and urging fellow students not to attend large gatherings. Many universities have even set up free testing sites for students.

    However, many campuses still face struggles in keeping students from participating in parties and drinking games.

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