Perhaps that was a poor word choice. I believe the number of positive tests reported on campuses are true. The reason I thought certain reports were “alarmist” is because quite a number of them impliedly or directly stated that hundreds (or thousands) of positive tests among students would likely lead to hospitalizations and deaths. That does not yet seem to have happened. I have yet to see a story about students or staff at Illinois, Alabama or other large universities being hospitalized. I hope it stays that way. If universities prove able to bring kids back on campus with only very small number (or none) suffering from significant illness that would be a very good thing. By “very small” I mean no more than would suffer from any of the other infectious diseases that students contract every single year. To be clear, I believe it is still WAY too early to know how this plays out on college campuses, or to ease current protective procedures, but I wonder if the dearth of bad news about hospitalizations SO FAR may be cause for cautious optimism.