Dr. Fauci Says This Is the 'Worst Thing’ Colleges Can Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tarrah Gibbons
September 06, 2020 - 11:57 am
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As schools across the United States continue to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci wants colleges to know how to deal with the global outbreak.

Colleges and universities have reopened campus doors to students for the fall semester after having closed down during the spring semester because of COVID-19.

Officials in universities responded to outbreaks in several ways, including closing public spaces, remote learning, and implementing rules for students who do not follow social distancing guidelines.

According to Yahoo! News, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, said schools should not send students home when an outbreak is reported of the deadly virus.

"It's the worst thing you can do," Fauci said.

However, the expert says he does not recommend leaving potentially infected students in the general population.

"Keep them at the university in a place that's sequestered enough from the other students," Fauci added.

Although many schools haven't even started the school year yet, some have seen many cases between students and faculty members.

On August 29, more than 1,200 students and 166 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of Alabama.

The school has released its COVID-19 tracking dashboard, but positive tests have doubled.

As cases continued to climb, students have shared pictures on social media of crowds and lines outside of bars in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where the university is located.

Although universities have opted for remote learning, some students are going back to campus full-time. Large outbreaks linked to universities have been common, and various colleges have reported multiple COVID-19 cases.

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