Perspective | There is no safe way to reopen colleges this fall

Perspective: There is no safe way to reopen colleges this fall

6/30/2020 6:01:00 PM

Perspective: There is no safe way to reopen colleges this fall

There are far too many risks to reopen colleges in the middle of a pandemic.

also suggest situations with widespread voice projection — such as a physically distanced classroom — may increase transmission risk. While face coverings can meaningfully reduce the risk of respiratory transmission from the wearer to others, incorrect use or lack of perfect adherence can render surgical masks ineffective at stopping transmission. The popularity of bandannas and simple cloth masks — as medical masks are prioritized for front-line responders and essential workers — makes the efficacy of these interventions less certain or reliable. Moving outside can also reduce transmission compared to poorly ventilated space, but trying to teach and learn wearing masks in a spaced-out, outdoor setting will be more disruptive than the now-familiar setting of online classrooms.

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The nursing home crisis shows how we dismiss the joys of old ageEven with every evidence-backed mitigation option, there is no way to transmission-proof a physical classroom — let alone a dense, highly socially connected miniature city, interconnected with its host community. When outbreaks do happen, most public health experts agree the best covid-19 response is to test widely and identify infected cases, isolate and treat them, trace the close contacts whom they might have infected and then quarantine those contacts. But

is by nature resistant to this intervention in highly dense settings; the virus is highly infectious, with a relatively long period during which a person may be infectious but not yet showing symptoms.ADADUniversity administrators should be prepared for several roadblocks that could make “test-trace-isolate” a gamble. It is not clear how available or accurate tests that will be most readily available are. Testing during the presymptomatic stage currently fails to identify a large fraction of cases: Recent

meta-analysisshowed four days before symptoms start the false-negative rate of testing is 100 percent (meaning you would miss all cases), reducing only to 38 percent on the day symptoms start. This means approximately a third of cases would be missed. Given that so much transmission happens in the presymptomatic stage, relying on testing for case confirmation would allow significant transmission. The success or failure of the test-trace-isolate strategy depends on high frequency and high capacity; most universities will be unprepared for that monumental effort, and without regular (e.g. weekly) testing of all students and faculty, cases will undoubtedly slip through the cracks.

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