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Carl Bergstrom's OpEd on testing for reopening colleges

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 13:45 to Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 13:45

Carl Bergstrom wrote an OpEd piece featured in The Chronicle for Higher Education on the CDC's updated guidance for colleges reopening during the Covid-19 crisis. In the piece, Bergstrom states that testing is essential for colleges to reopen safely.

"As college students return to campuses around the country next month, they will bring coronavirus infections with them. Failing to take obvious precautions and carry out effective control measures puts students at risk. It puts university faculty and staff at risk. And it puts at risk the broader communities in which institutions of higher education are embedded.

While college students may be less likely to suffer severe outcomes from Covid-19, college outbreaks do not stay on campus. They incubate disease and amplify transmission chains that reach and kill members of more vulnerable populations. To allow universities to open without testing is to replicate the error at the root of the feckless and incoherent federal response: ignoring the available evidence, hoping for the best, and planning accordingly."

Read the full article here

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