Colleges set COVID-19 rules for fall: No parties, no trips

Virus Outbreak Colleges
Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 09:40:24-04

U.S. colleges are asking returning students to promise to help contain the coronavirus.

That means no keg parties, no long road trips and no outside guests on campus.

Administrators warn that failure to wear masks, practice socially distancing and avoid mass gatherings could bring serious consequences, including getting booted from school.

Critics question whether it's realistic to demand that college students not act like typical college students.

But the push for accountability illustrates the high stakes for universities planning to welcome at least some students back to campus this fall.

Testing, quarantines and plexiglass barriers in classrooms won’t work if too many students misbehave.

COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.