UNC Switches to Remote Classes After 177 Students Contract COVID-19

HeadlineAug 18, 2020

A surge in coronavirus cases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has forced the school to switch entirely to remote learning, after 177 students tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of in-person classes. The student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, ran an editorial titled ”UNC Has a Cluster–F*** on Its Hands.”
At Georgia Tech, dozens of students staged a “die-in” on the first day of classes to protest the school’s coronavirus safety standards.

Meanwhile, on Monday, top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Deborah Birx said she wished the U.S. had instituted a stricter lockdown earlier this year.

Dr. Deborah Birx: “I wish that when we went into lockdown, we looked like Italy. But when Italy locked down, I mean, people weren’t allowed out of their houses, and they couldn’t come out but once every two weeks to buy groceries for one hour, and they had to have a certificate that said they were allowed. Americans don’t react well to that kind of prohibition.”

Meanwhile, data show that the number of Black and Latinx participants in coronavirus vaccine trials is very low, even though Black and Latinx communities are disproportionately hit by the virus. Researchers say this disparity could delay the development of a vaccine.

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