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Should colleges and universities open in person for the Fall 2020 semester? Show more Show less
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The COVID-19 pandemic has left the future of colleges and universities in a state of utter uncertainty. Across the world they are struggling to come up with safe and equitable strategies for reopening, but which one is best?

No – Students should do the semester online and not come back to campus Show more Show less

The covid-19 pandemic is threat to everyone to various degrees, and all necessary precautions should be taken to limit the spread of infection.
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On campus and in-person classes will only lead to outbreaks

The social nature of college life and classroom experience will make it almost impossible to effectively prevent the spread of the virus

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Residential, dorm-style housing and in-person classes pose a high risk of COVID-19 transmission and will likely result in many localised outbreaks across the country. Colleges and universities that are reopening in person have outlines extensive health and safety programs to prevent the spread of the virus, but their effectiveness has not yet been tested. Bill Gates recently called COVID-19 tests "a complete waste" because the result comes back too slow.[1] If someone has the virus and is tested for it can take days before they receive their results and go into quarantine, giving them ample time to spread the virus.[1] Few people believe that thousands of 18-22-year-olds will return to campus and comply with social distancing and other safety measures. Although students will be asked to sign behavioural contracts with the school[2], there is little way to effectively monitor all student activity; college campuses are naturally social spaces.

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  1. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/29/health/bill-gates-testing-trnd/index.html
  2. https://www.educationdive.com/news/can-colleges-enforce-rules-designed-to-prevent-coronavirus-spread/581303/

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