Close Capilano University Campus to Prevent the Outbreak of COVID-19

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The novel coronavirus(COVID-19) has now spread to over 120,000 people around the globe and has caused over 4300 deaths. The WHO has declared a pandemic this morning. There are almost 100 cases in Canada, almost 40 in BC. Some of these cases are here in North Vancouver, including the death of an elderly man.

Although there are currently no reported cases within the immediate Capilano University community, it is impossible to know the extent of the threat. The virus may lay dormant in the body for two weeks or even more before symptoms emerge.  The close proximity in classrooms, the library, and other crowded areas will inevitably increase infection rates.

Once the virus spreads, it will have many unforeseen consequences, direct and indirect. As students, we place great priority on our academics, but right now this event must take precedence.

We are asking Paul Dangerfield, the president of Capilano University, to take the initiative and close the campus in order to stop the spread of this virus. 

In order to prevent the outbreak at Capilano University in advance, we should take the situation seriously. Many universities all around the world have closed their campus and set up remote classes. We can take advantage of technology, and start online classes. 

We all already know the risks COVID-19 poses to the public, particularly those who are immunocompromised or elderly, and we must act now to keep students, their families, and the community safe.

If we wait until there is a case at Capilano University, it will be too late.