We Know Colleges Are Fucking Up Covid-19, Send Jezebel Your Tips

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As college campuses have reopened across the country, with extremely predictable results, we want to hear from college students directly. What’s happening on your campus?

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Is your bungling university administration hiding something? Is there an outbreak at your school? Are your fellow students behaving badly? Are you behaving badly? Is your experience back on campus more akin to Fyre Fest? Have you tested positive and are you being asked by your school officials to quarantine at home, despite public health officials warning that is the last thing anybody should do?

Get in touch and share your tips and stories. You can email me at esther.wang@jezebel.com, or more securely at estherxlwang@protonmail.com.

Senior reporter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

I’m not a college student or anything, but I work in the [censoring this for my privacy] of a med school. We’ve been open to students the entire pandemic. The entire time, students have been coming in groups of 4-8 and taking their masks off the moment they sit down together. Students who are, I want to emphasize, training to be doctors and nurses.

Contact tracing on site takes nearly two weeks, at which point it’s useless, and contact only even counts as “contact” if you’ve been within 6ft of someone who tested positive for 2+ hours with masks or if you’ve been within 6ft for 15+ minutes without masks. So technically, I can ride in an elevator for five minutes, mask-less and coughing, and the people in there with me “aren’t exposed.”

Everything has been cloaked in secrecy. The floor above mine got shut down for two weeks because of cases and they didn’t let us know, even though we ride in elevators together daily and share the same facilities staff—one of whom died of COVID.

We had a huge outbreak last month, with about 100 people testing positive COVID. They “closed” campus for two weeks, but there was minimal difference in the parking garage. The library, bookstore, coffee shop, and cafeteria all remained open. Students still came to my department in regular numbers. There were very, very few signs anything at all was “closed.”

The entire reaction at my school has been embarrassing, made worse by the fact that we’re a med school full of doctors, researchers, and students who should be leaders in our community during this pandemic.

Instead, we’re just another example of the US’s general lack of leadership and prioritization of profits over science and safety.