Online Courses to Prevent Coronavirus

Online Courses to Prevent Coronavirus

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Robert Okuszki started this petition to Indiana University

As of today, March 8th, 2020, there are 109,400 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide. While the mortality rate has been relatively low, (about 3.4%) it is safe to say that precautions should be taken to prevent further spread of the disease. Across the world, countries are starting to take action, in the form of quarantines, flight stoppages, and cancellation of large public events. Currently, the United States has 480 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and counting (New York Times). Given the fact that it is estimated that each person infected with COVID-19 on average infects 2.3 others, the U.S. could see as many as 15000 cases within the next two weeks (Washington Post).

With Spring Break coming up, it is no secret that there will be plenty of opportunity for the disease to spread amongst college students. Shared drinks, travel abroad, and large public settings are all breeding grounds for such a spread. As such, it is very possible that with the return of Indiana University Students after Spring Break, campus could start to see some confirmed cases. This brings up the issue of class. We do not know whether or not COVID-19 will make it to our campus, but if it does, regular routine of classes will do nothing but aid its spread. This is especially pertinent in large lecture halls. As such, I am proposing that Indiana University takes a precautionary measure after Spring Break, postponing or cancelling in-person classes to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus. Professors would be required to hold their courses online for the remaining duration of the semester, hopefully preventing widespread illness in our wonderful city of Bloomington.

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