Reopening colleges safely can be done—but students need to be screened for COVID-19 'every two or three days,' and strict protocols, like wearing masks, need to be in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, a new study suggests.
A new study led by [from?] the Yale School of Public Health reveals what it will take to reopen colleges safely.
The University of Texas at Austin is pictured here.The University of Texas at Austin is pictured here.Dszc/Getty ImagesMonitoring students for symptoms isn't enough, co-author of the study Amy Zheng of Harvard Medical School said in a statement, noting that,"You cannot move swiftly enough to contain an outbreak if you wait until you see symptoms before you respond."
"This virus is too readily transmitted by highly infectious, asymptomatic, 'silent spreaders,' especially if there might be sporadic parties that lead to outbreaks," Zheng added.However, the authors said it is also possible to test students too often.
MORE: Reopening schools in the fall, an experiment for college and university leaders"Too much screening overwhelms isolation facilities with false-positive results, generating unnecessary expenditures, fueling anxiety and undermining confidence in the ability of the university to keep its students safe," said senior study author Rochelle P. Walensky in a statement. Walensky is also chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital's Division of Infectious Diseases and professor at Harvard Medical School.
MORE: Fauci, White House COVID-19 task force officials say pandemic will continue for 'some time'According to the news release shared by Yale, the study also found that screening more frequently is more important than the accuracy of the test, and that even using a low-quality test more often,"will avert more infections than weekly testing with a higher-quality alternative."
As states grapple with the spread of COVID-19, on Friday, Adm. Brett Giroir, the nation's top coordinator fortesting efforts, said it would not be possible to ensure every person who was tested got their results within 48 to 72 hours."It is not a possible benchmark we can achieve today given the demand and the supply. It is absolutely a benchmark we can achieve moving forward," Giroir told a House panel.
A view of Harvard Yard on the campus of Harvard University on July 08, 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.A view of Harvard Yard on the campus of Harvard University on July 08, 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesThe study comes as schools across the country are rolling out reopening plans for this upcoming fall semester after campuses were forced to shut down last spring in response to COVID-19 outbreaks.
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What about their professors? Asking for a friend. Need to be tested every two or three days! This is an option for what school, where? Reopening colleges safely can be done—but students need to be screened for COVID-19 'every two or three days,' and strict protocols, like wearing masks, need to be in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, a tumblr post suggests.
Mask are don't needn't the agony of having to do that is annoying just let students stay home. continue the online learning the virus is unstable. to me letting students go back to school is risky bc of the uncertainty. Who's gonna pay for that? My Grandson will be at UT wearing a mask!!! Zero chance of that
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Study Reveals How Coronavirus Travels IndoorsFor the study, they created a model of how these aerosols travel in indoor spaces such rooms, elevators and supermarkets. They also compared how the virus did in various types of ventilation and with different spacing of people within a room.
New Study: College Students Who Get Tested Every Two Days Can Return To Campus SafelyA study published today says that college students can be kept safe from contracting the coronavirus and live on residential campuses if they are tested every 2 days for Covid-19 Como faz pra beijar de máscara rs 😷🙏 sounds expensive