Our Take: College Coronavirus infections appear to be on the rise. Colleges are thinking about sending students home. However, it is unknown how many students are asymptomatic and how returning students may infect others. As a Professor at Yale states returning students could be "a ticking time bomb."
We still are unprepared for effectively handling this pandemic.
(The Wall Street Journal) "Administrators at California State University, Chico, determined late last month that coronavirus outbreaks in classrooms and residence halls could be catastrophic at the school. Its response: to send students back home.
Many schools have made similar decisions, including James Madison University, North Carolina State University, Colorado College and the State University of New York in Oneonta. Public-health officials worry that dispatching students to their hometowns, often without testing them before departure, could lead to new outbreaks around the country.
'Shipping the problem back to the community, where they can further spread, just doesn’t seem like the right answer,' said A. David Paltiel, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health. 'Just because a kid is asymptomatic doesn’t mean it’s safe to send that kid home. They could be exposed and incubating. They could be in fact a ticking time bomb.'”
Read: Colleges Send Students Home as Outbreaks Worsen. Are They Creating a New Coronavirus Threat? | The Wall Street Journal