Coronavirus Pandemic

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.
 
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According to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District website, the number of new confirmed cases in the county has severely declined (from 973 three weeks ago to 285 last week), and there are a total of four persons in the county hospitalized with Covid. No indication whether any of those four are University students or staff. The UI certainly is nowhere close to being out of the woods, but this is encouraging data. https://www.c-uphd.org/champaign-urbana-illinois-coronavirus-information.html
 
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Check out https://twitter.com/michaelmina_lab?s=21 on Twitter. He used UIUC as a great example of widespread testing. Heres part of the tweet:

Mass testing can be pivotal in controlling outbreaks. U. Illinois is a great example, so far, of the use of very widescale testing to identify, contain and suppress outbreaks. One way to realistically do this for k-12 / nationally is to decentralize testing ex w rapid tests

if you look for him on twitter, you’ll see a U Washington prof tweeting about the media coverage of UIUC using these tests and how they were slammed for using them. Turns out it’s been quite successful.
 
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Check out https://twitter.com/michaelmina_lab?s=21 on Twitter. He used UIUC as a great example of widespread testing. Heres part of the tweet:

Mass testing can be pivotal in controlling outbreaks. U. Illinois is a great example, so far, of the use of very widescale testing to identify, contain and suppress outbreaks. One way to realistically do this for k-12 / nationally is to decentralize testing ex w rapid tests

if you look for him on twitter, you’ll see a U Washington prof tweeting about the media coverage of UIUC using these tests and how they were slammed for using them. Turns out it’s been quite successful.
News report this AM that the state of Illinois is looking at expanding the UI testing statewide if they can create the capacity. Primarily for use in schools.
 
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Last week, the campus conducted approximately 10,000 tests per day, with a positivity rate on campus of 0.3%. 167 new infections. Only 2 people hospitalized in the entire county (unclear whether those two people are UI students or staff). Students have now been back seven weeks. While we'd all like the number of daily new cases to trend down towards zero, the lack of serious illness (i.e. hospitalizations) is encouraging, and I am starting to wonder why there is so little positive reporting about this.

https://splunk-public.machinedata.illinois.edu/en-US/app/uofi_shield_public_APP/home
https://www.c-uphd.org/champaign-urbana-illinois-coronavirus-information.html
 
Cary, IL
Last week, the campus conducted approximately 10,000 tests per day, with a positivity rate on campus of 0.3%. 167 new infections. Only 2 people hospitalized in the entire county (unclear whether those two people are UI students or staff). Students have now been back seven weeks. While we'd all like the number of daily new cases to trend down towards zero, the lack of serious illness (i.e. hospitalizations) is encouraging, and I am starting to wonder why there is so little positive reporting about this.

https://splunk-public.machinedata.illinois.edu/en-US/app/uofi_shield_public_APP/home
https://www.c-uphd.org/champaign-urbana-illinois-coronavirus-information.html
News doesn't like good news, only scare you to death news. All stations, even the ones that I watch. Bad news sells, good news gives hope and then people will be less invested in the news. Catch the headline and move on with life.
 
Cary, IL
News doesn't like good news, only scare you to death news. All stations, even the ones that I watch. Bad news sells, good news gives hope and then people will be less invested in the news. Catch the headline and move on with life.
PS, Sorry for my cynicism.