Online Learning Update

August 26, 2020

‘Leaving us behind’: High-risk students ask, why can’t all college courses be offered online?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Grace Hauck, USA Today

“These are very real concerns for our immunocompromised students,” said Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Every immunocompromised state is not the same, so it is – as everything in COVID-19 has been – a risk-benefit discussion.”  Khalilah said returning to campus – particularly living in dorms – poses significant risks to immunocompromised students. People in that age group are also more likely to participate in extracurricular activities that may increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and exposure, she said. “What COVID-19 has taught us is the need to be flexible and the need to adapt,” Khalilah said. “If that means the ability to participate in online learning, then that needs to be something we consider for those that would benefit.”

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