This is an article from January 31, 2021 (The Atlantic gives three free views, but if you get blocked try opening in an incognito browser window).

Written by Indiana University Professor of Pediatrics Aaron Carroll, this article describes the proactive steps IU took early in the pandemic to establish protocols for testing and contact tracing as well as aiming for a mix of online and measured in-person classes that aimed to balance medical safety with student needs for socialization.

Beating COVID-19 requires resources, will, and a sense of shared sacrifice. The United States has too widely failed in the past year in providing these. Vaccines are rolling out too slowly, and new variants of the coronavirus are emerging. Figuring out how to live safely in this environment is imperative.

Universities like ours have many lessons to teach. IU wasn’t the only school to adopt a comprehensive suite of preventive measures, nor were we the only one to have achieved a level of success with them. That we didn’t perform miracles or depend on luck should make our example all the more useful to other university presidents—and to mayors, governors, and the new presidential administration.

Location: Indiana, USA
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Image Alt Text: Cover of article in Ideas section titled The Colleges That Took the Pandemic Seriously below text is Many colleges and universities have figured out how to diagnose their populations and control outbreaks—and offer a vision for more normal life until the vaccine is available to all. plus photo of a student walking towards a campus tent structure
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