Who’s really at fault for campus coronavirus outbreaks?

You could be forgiven for not knowing the details of the COVID-19 debacle currently taking place on America’s college campuses. So much has happened in the U.S. recently — apocalyptic wildfires, violent crackdowns on protests against police brutality, a deeply polarizing presidential campaign — that it’s easy to have missed this crisis-within-a-crisis.

But the news from our nation’s colleges and universities is bad. In early September, The New York Times reported the existence of nearly 90,000 coronavirus cases at more than 1,190 colleges. That same week, USA Today reported that, “Of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the U.S., communities heavy with college students represent 19 of them.”


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