Keep wlu students safe
Keep wlu students safe
COVID-19 began in the US during March directly before our spring Break. West Liberty decided to put the safety of their students before anything else, and the campus was closed for the duration of the semester. When West Liberty decided to close then, there were merely thousands of cases. However, there are now millions of cases in the United States alone, and our safety is not being put first anymore as the campus moves to reopen.
Despite what may be believed about the virus and it’s existence, COVID-19 is real, and it’s deadly. College students are not exempt from this virus, and it would be foolish to think so. If you don’t believe me, listen to the CDC. They’ve reported that “between 18 and 39 years old represent less than 2% of deaths in the U.S. but over a third (36.5%) of total cases as of July 15”.
Not enough research has been done about this virus, and we’re finding new things out about it every day. For example, it was just found recently that young school-aged people are among some of the deadliest carriers of the virus. West Liberty is well-known as a campus full of commuters. Most students do not live on campus. Perhaps not all of its students may die from the virus, though as stated above, the chance of that is increasing, but they may bring it home to their roommates off campus, which may include their elderly parents or grandparents.
There are many examples of schools and camps that refused to give in to COVID-19. None of them are success stories. Think about the school in Indiana that was open for a day before they had a student test positive. Brooke High School, a school just down the windy hill from West Liberty, just had to cancel all of its football related activities due to a coach coming in contact with someone who tested positive.
History has its eyes on each of us. It would be absurd not to take the right steps to be on the right side of it. There are so many people on your staff that we all love and hold near to our hearts. We want to keep them safe too. Please, West Liberty, keep all of us safe and delay reopening. Hilltop is home, but maybe we should stay at our other homes for a little bit longer. It’s in everyone’s best interest.