Top Colleges Retreating Back to Online-Only Mode to Battle Omicron

Top Colleges Retreating Back to Online Only Mode to Battle Omicron

( – When the novel coronavirus started to seriously impact the world, businesses and schools decided it was best to keep people at home rather than at work or in the classroom. Since then, as the economy creeps back into shape and the number of infections drops, schools and businesses started to reopen. Then the Omicron variant emerged.

Fear was high during the initial wave of COVID-19. The new variant has stoked those fears once again, reverting countries, businesses and schools back into their 2020 modes. As some governments reinstate lockdowns and mask mandates, several prominent schools are retreating back to online-only classes.

The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, giving schools like Harvard ample reason to announce that they’ll allow remote access only for the first three weeks of January in an effort to hinder the virus’s spread.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced on December 19 that the new variant could cause the US to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases as well as hospitalizations and potential deaths. Joining Harvard in the effort to slow the spread is Yale, Stanford, New York University and Cornell University, all with their own sets of protocols and restrictions.

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