How Colleges Have Become Super Spreaders of Covid 19
With Covid 19 becoming more manageable now, restrictions have been easing, and one of them is the opening of the colleges. Since last month, most colleges have been opening, trying to return to normalcy. Covid 19 spread like wildfire in bars, churches, public gatherings, and schools are not an exception.
However, this hasn't gone well, as colleges have reported an increase in the disease since the classes resumed. The worst part is it's posing challenges and an increase in new cases in communities where these colleges are located-for instance, this case scenario. When infected students go to local bars around the school, they are likely to mingle with the locals, who will return home and spread amongst the members of their families, including the elderly members.
No sooner had the colleges opened, than they closed again. Most of them had to return to virtual learning immediately.
Auburn University Covid 19 cases quintuplet from the first week of August, to the week of 15th to 21. The University of Alabama has had 1000 plus cases, two weeks since the college re-opened. University of Carolina Chapel hill opened and had to go fully virtual after they reported 135 positive cases in 6 days.
More than 26000 cases of Covid 19 have been reported among students and staff of more than 750 colleges and universities across the united states of America, as of 1st September.
As much as most students have mild symptoms, the possibilities of spreading it to others are still high. With the closing down of schools after re-opening, infected students who aren't showing any symptoms are likely to spread the virus when they return home.
Colleges have to put stringent, frequent, and randomize testing on students and place higher restrictions on social gatherings. This will, in turn, help in monitoring and curbing the virus. Safety preventive measures like masks, physical distancing, ventilation, and staggered class schedules are necessary.
One person can infect 2, 3, or even 20 people. If there is a highly contagious student, and there are a lot of students in small spaces that aren't well ventilated, and worse when they don't have masks on, they could infect the entire classroom.
Students also get crammed into hallways during classes increasing the rate of infections. Students who feel ill should stay at home. During lessons, windows and doors should be left open, and most of the classes should be held outside.
Without proper measures from students or the schools, more concerns are for older individuals like teachers, parents, and grandparents who are at higher risks when it comes to these infections.
Public gatherings like parties, bars, and sporting activities are also contributing to the rising cases. Students attending these events tend to ignore safety measures.
When it comes to restaurants, students eating in there won't be wearing masks. Instead, they will be sitting across each other talking and chewing, thus allowing droplets to transmit between the guests, thus hiking the numbers. Restrooms in schools have high touch point areas like doorknobs, which is also high risk.