Month: September 2020

College re-openings could cause 3,200 extra cases of COVID-19 per day in the US

With the approaching fall of 2020, numerous US colleges made ready to welcome back their students after one missed semester. Many rapidly switched to online classes once an outbreak occurred on campus. Thus, many scientists have begun to question whether in-person instruction should be resumed until the pandemic is well on its way out. A new report published in the preprint server medRxiv* in September 2020 shows the close relationship between the re-opening of colleges, especially those drawing students from high-incidence areas, and those offering in-person instruction, and the significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 among students and

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County health officials pressure local colleges on COVID-19 policies, and campuses push back

Officials at Benedictine College in Kansas thought they had a pretty good handle on the coronavirus on their campus an hour northwest of Kansas City.

Last Wednesday, there were 37 active cases of COVID-19 among the Roman Catholic institution’s roughly 2,000 students and 500 employees, or about 1.5 percent of the total campus population. That was down from 46 cases the previous week, and Benedictine officials were hopeful that additional steps they had taken last weekend — extending a mask requirement to outside spaces as well as inside buildings, shifting all food service to grab-and-go — would drive the number

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Severe Mental Illnesses Often Overlooked at Hospital Admission: Study | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Severe mental illness diagnoses often get missed in patients hospitalized for physical health problems, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,800 U.K. adults who were diagnosed with severe mental illness, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, between 2006 and 2017 and who had more than 45,700 emergency hospital admissions over the period.

Over that time, mental illnesses were recorded at admission 70% of the time. The rate rose from 48% in 2006 to 75% in 2017, according to the University College London study published

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Q&A: How to handle technology issues with online school

Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school

NEW YORK — Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the more we rely on technology, the bigger the consequences when gadgets or internet service let us down.

Technology being technology, all sorts of things can go wrong. Your internet service may be inadequate for all-day videoconferencing or simply overstressed. Hardware and

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Infection Rates Soar in College Towns as Students Return | Indiana News

By CASEY SMITH, IRENA HWANG and COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter.

Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

University President Geoffrey Mearns wrote that the cases apparently were tied not to classrooms or dormitories but to “poor personal choices some students are making, primarily off campus.”

“The actions of these students are putting

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