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More Colleges and Universities Reinstate Mask Mandates as COVID Cases Increase

More Colleges and Universities Reinstate Mask Mandates as COVID Cases Increase

“The pandemic is still with us.”

Just when you think the pandemic is over, they pull you back in.

The Associated Press reports:

Mask mandates return to US college campuses as cases rise

The final weeks of the college school year have been disrupted yet again by COVID-19 as universities bring back mask mandates, switch to online classes and scale back large gatherings in response to upticks in coronavirus infections.

Colleges in Washington, D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Texas have reimposed a range of virus measures, with Howard University moving to remote learning amid a surge in cases in the nation’s capital.

This is the third straight academic year that has been upended by COVID-19, meaning soon-to-be seniors have yet to experience a normal college year.

“I feel like last summer it was everyone was like, ‘Oh, this is it. We’re nearing the tail end,’” recalled Nina Heller, a junior at American University in Washington D.C., where administrators brought back a mask mandate about a month after lifting it. “And then that didn’t quite happen, and now we’re here at summer again, and there’s kind of no end.”

Mandates were shed widely in the wake of spring break as case numbers dropped following a winter surge fueled by the omicron variant. But several Northeast cities have seen a rise in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, as the BA.2 subvariant of the omicron variant continues to rapidly spread throughout the U.S.

“As much as we would like to move on and think that the pandemic is over, and I think we all would like that to happen at this point, it’s wishful thinking,” said Anita Barkin, co-chair of a COVID-19 task force for the American College Health Association. “The pandemic is still with us.”

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No, the scamdemic is still with us. Colleges that are full of stupid and naive leftist students are the easiest place to instill anything that the left wants to become widespread. The Gibsons put a huge dent in that practice, which is exactly why Oberlin is reluctant to give in.

No, the “scamdemic” is still with us. Colleges that are full of stupid and naive leftist students are the easiest place to instill anything that the left wants to become widespread. These kids will be scarred for life due to this. The Gibsons put a huge dent in that practice, which is exactly why Oberlin is reluctant to give in.

healthguyfsu | April 23, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Moving to remote learning this late in the semester is a big, big mistake.

You’ve just provided a built-in excuse for every student that doesn’t get the grade they want or their little narcissistic mind thinks it deserves. And the admin will probably have to cave to that as a direct result of pushing to this online transition.

Why impose masks on college students, the lowest-risk of all adults?

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to randian. | April 25, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    To protect old, fat, and unhealthy faculty and administrators from COVID, of course. Silly rabbit, you didn’t think it is for the good of the students do you?

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