After a long COVOD-19 lockdown, the educational institutes started to open again in July. Till September, most of the educational institutes were opened all around the world, including the countries which were worst-hit by the pandemic. But managing the safety protocols became insanely difficult in and Covid cases spread like anything. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared new guidelines for younger adults including college students to save themselves from contracting the virus.
It’s only been a few weeks that all educational institutes are opened again. While everything looks normal, it is not really normal and the pandemic prevention protocols have to be followed whenever a person is public. CDC reported a 55% increase in new COVID-19 cases especially among people age 18 to 22 after these colleges opened in July and August.
It clearly shows that the pandemic is not over yet and college students, without complying with these guidelines are at a higher risk of getting the virus.
The Data obtained from the College Crisis Initiative, which is a project run by Davidson College, in partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education, reveals that only 300 universities have closed their campuses for this year’s fall semester. Most institutes are adopting an online or hybrid education system. Or some of the classes are held online while some others require in-person attendance.
But on the other side, the data on new Covid cases in the US shows that there are at least 32,000 additional coronavirus cases confirmed every day, mainly among students who happen to travel for classes.
The research team working on this College Crisis Initiative is trying to track all Covid-19 positive cases that are roaming in different college campuses and schools. It is a comprehensive plan to check the traffic to educational institutes, urging students to follow the COVID-19 guidelines seriously.
All universities are advised to post special COVID-19 guidelines for students, making sure that they are following them. It includes avoiding unnecessary public appearance and coming to the campus suspecting the infection. In case a student feels that he is infected, he has to immediately get him tested and start the treatment. Everyone should be watchful for the COVID-19 symptoms which include coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, loss of taste, and loss of smell.
All students have followed good hand hygiene which includes not touching the public surfaces unnecessarily or handshake with others. CDC advises everyone to use a hand sanitizer multiple times a day especially in public.
The social distancing has to be maintained and students must make sure to stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other. The least in-person interaction is preferred and everyone should wear a facemask to save himself and others from this deadly virus.
Lastly, the health authorities urge students to share their details and contact history for the record-keeping and tracing the source. It is helpful to save hundreds of other people who might be at a higher risk.