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Young adults have often been during the . Now, as some colleges and universities open up their campuses for in-person and online classes, complaints and to students are . But , an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, doesn’t believe that a punitive approach is the best way to reopen schools. She discusses a holistic public health strategy that she says will support students, instead of shaming them, and enlist their help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
- Marcus thinks it’s questionable for in-person instruction and stay open , especially without sufficient testing for the novel coronavirus. She says too much of a burden has been placed on students to control their behavior and that it’s primarily the responsibility of administrators to maintain a low-risk environment for everyone on campus.
- Blaming students for risky decisions during the pandemic is toxic to public health, according to Marcus. She suggests that colleges develop a more compassionate approach and help students find alternative ways to be socially connected - promoting outdoor gatherings instead of crowded house parties, for example.
- Keeping students healthy isn’t just about protecting them from COVID-19, says Marcus. She is concerned that, much like in her own field of HIV research, there is too much focus on preventing infection at all costs, and she urges the consideration of competing risks such as students’ mental health.
- Check out in The Atlantic about the colleges and universities.
- This freshman says she “lasted two weeks in the dorms.” her difficult experience on campus - and why she doesn’t regret it - at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- According to Inside Higher Ed, many colleges have been reversing their reopening plans. .