There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2020-2021 school year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The question of whether or not to send children and young adults back to school has been debated by educators, parents, politicians, and health experts. While some colleges and universities opted for virtual education this fall, many opened up to in-person learning. And, just weeks into the academic year, there have been a number of outbreaks as a result. However, don’t even think about pulling your child out of school and bringing them back home right now. In an interview with Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, warns that sending children home from college could prove to be a fatal decision in the battle against coronavirus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
‘It’s the Worst Thing You Can Do’
Dr. Fauci explained that he is adamantly against closing up schools and sending kids home, fearing it could worsen the pandemic. “It’s the worst thing you can do,” he pointed out.
However, he also doesn’t recommend leaving potentially infected students in the general population either. “Keep them at the university in a place that’s sequestered enough from the other students.”
So why is he so against sending them home? Because most college students are from cities and states not in the general vicinity as their school, Dr. Fauci is worried that they may carry the virus back with them. “Don’t have them go home because they could be spreading in their home state.”
Major Outbreaks at Colleges and Universities
Earlier this week, CNN reported that a whopping 36 states have already reported positive cases at colleges and universities, totalling more than 8,700 cases to the country’s tally. It’s important to note that many schools haven’t even started the school year yet.
Major outbreaks include 1,200 students at the University of Alabama, and 116 and 148 cases reported on Thursday and Friday at the University of Dayton. Kansas State University has identified outbreaks at four different sororities, and Temple University in Philadelphia suspended in-person classes for two weeks after identifying 103 cases.
The New York Times has even devoted an entire infographic tracking the number of cases linked to colleges. They claim the number of infections at the university level is much higher—over 26,000 cases at 750-plus schools across the country. As for yourself, follow this advice to keep your kids (and others) safe, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, once again don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.