- SARA CARTER - STAFF WRITER - DEC 20, 2021 -
Will it ever end? Biden says a ‘winter of death’ is coming, Fauci says wearing masks on planes will not go away, and businesses are going back to stricter work-from-home policies. “One medical expert suggests it’s ‘premature’ for U.S. colleges to be closing and announcing remote starts to the spring 2022 semester” reports Fox News.
Over the weekend, several colleges and universities announced decisions to shut down campuses due to growing fear over the latest omicron coronavirus variant. Thus far, the variant seems to be the least virulent and experts have called it a positive step towards being endemic, rather than a pandemic.
On Saturday, Harvard University said students will start the year off remotely for at least the first three weeks of January due to a “rapid rise” in coronavirus cases. “Other colleges such as Yale University and Penn State University haven’t announced a remote start to the spring 2022 semester but have told students t0 be prepared for a change if necessary” reports Fox News.
Fox News medical analyst and professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center said it’s “very premature” for colleges to discuss plans to shift to remote learning for the spring 2022 semester.
Universities are already a “built-in quarantine situation” which allows for rapid testing and any additional measures such as providing booster vaccinations. “Since it’s a university, if you look at it completely medically, it’s a built-in quarantine situation,” Dr. Siegel said.
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