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Yale University Mandates One Month Quarantine for Students Returning to Campus

Yale University Mandates One Month Quarantine for Students Returning to Campus

“Students must create an electronic health records account in order to schedule their arrival testing through the college”

A month is basically a third of a semester, isn’t it? Doesn’t that seem a bit excessive?

Campus Reform reports:

Yale ignores science, mandates ONE MONTH quarantine for students returning to campus

Yale University released a new COVID-19 plan for students’ arrival to campus, calling for a month-long quarantine during the spring 2021 semester.

A Jan. 14 message from Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd outlined the school’s reopening plans for students living both on and off-campus during the spring 2021 semester. These new guidelines lay out a three-phase plan, consisting of testing and quarantining for a month after arrival on campus.

In fall 2020, the school’s students were mandated to quarantine in their residential colleges for 14 days upon arrival to campus. However, these new guidelines for spring 2021 consist of a month-long quarantine that will occur in three phases consecutively.

In Boyd’s message, she instructed students to register for a move-in date and time on either January 28 or 29, but students with special permission may move in on a later date. Students are also required to take a pre-arrival COVID test that is sent by mail to their current residence, which must be negative before they can return.

The first phase of Yale’s new plan involves the pre-arrival test, scheduling a move-in time, and subsequently scheduling an arrival COVID test. Students will then be required to stay in their suites until they receive a negative result from the arrival test which may take between 24-36 hours, according to Boyd.

Students must create an electronic health records account in order to schedule their arrival testing through the college, and they must schedule the test for their move-in time as this is the first thing they will do when returning to campus. After the semester begins all students will be assigned to a twice-weekly testing schedule.

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So much the Healthcare Privacy Act.

It’s incredibly annoying trying to find the relevant numbers for time of symptom onset, etc. You would think that important info like that would be readily available. Maybe my search skills are lacking. Information that I could find tended to be from reports in May; reports from October when the CDC changed its recommendations to a 10-day quarantine instead of 14 days don’t seem to include specific numbers.

Median days from exposure to symptom onset: 5.1
Days to 97% of eventual cases developing symptoms: 11.5
Days to 99% of eventual cases developing symptoms: 15

Quarantine for longer than two weeks is not “following the science” IMO. Following the initial quarantine, have the university encourage/provide daily vitamin D supplements, give HCQ to any kids that test positive while their symptoms are still mild, and similar sensible guidelines, and for kids in this age bracket (or lower), infection will be nearly always very mild.

But common-sense went out the window long ago.

    healthguyfsu in reply to KEYoder. | February 3, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Agreed. There is ZERO scientific evidence to justify a one month quarantine. Yale looks pretty stupid here.

      healthguyfsu in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 3, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      As soon as anyone leaves and then returns to campus, that extra quarantine crap will be pointless anyways.

      There is ZERO scientific evidence to justify a one month quarantine.

      No evidence to justify twice-weekly testing (at what PCR amplification?) either. They’ll probably do the painful deep nose swabs just to be sadistic.

      SupammuArch in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 5, 2021 at 10:00 pm

      Who looks dumber here, Yale or someone who is just trusting a poorly written summary of a poorly written article about a letter Yale released?

      The actual “quarantine” period, in which students must stay isolated at their residences, is 24-36 hours. This is an estimate of how long it will take to receive a COVID-19 test result.

Students can choose an easy solution to this bungled return to classes: Just don’t return until the college gets its act together. Take a leave of absence, get a job, and save your money. Maybe next fall they will offer normal classes under a normal schedule.

They must test negative before being allowed to return to campus, but they will still be forced to quarantine and won’t be allowed off-campus? That sounds less like quarantine and more like house arrest. On top of that, they will be forced to undergo testing twice a week. Is this really the “campus experience” their parents are paying for?

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