Covid-19 Cases Surge Among College-Aged Students

Just as colleges and universities reopened nationwide in August and September, Covid-19 cases began to surge, according to CNN. CDC researchers looked at nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases reported to the agency between Aug. 2 and Sept. 5 and found weekly cases among the age group jumped 55 percent nationwide and made up a bigger share of overall cases, according to The Washington Post. The greatest increases regionally were in the northeast and midwest at 144 and 123 percent, respectively.

“The observed increases in Covid-19 cases among persons aged 18 to 22 years could be driven by many factors, including changes in behavior or risk profiles resulting from multiple social, economic, and public policy changes during this period,” according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Psychologists believe some college students may rebel against safety precautions because of a fear of missing out on traditional college experiences, including parties. Some schools saw their cases number in the thousands, while others only had a handful of cases.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a significant spike in cases at the beginning of this semester according to the CDC. Communal housing at universities has contributed to the disease spreading; therefore, many have opted to offer virtual learning as a result. Otherwise, the CDC recommends universities continue taking hefty precautions, including reducing the number of people living in dorms, discouraging students from group activities, and increasing Covid-19 testing.