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Wednesday August 10th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


Campus-goers approach the Old Well and South Building on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

'Harder to justify': Students consider taking time off if fall semester goes remote

Spring 2020 unexpectedly went remote due to the spread of COVID-19. University Media Relations said in a statement that UNC is working with the UNC System to determine how to move forward in fall 2020.  Some students are considering taking a semester off if fall 2020 continues with online instruction.  One student, sophomore Luke Zhou, decided to take the next semester off for a variety of reasons, including the potential impact of COVID-19 on his parents' income. Sophomore Erin Lee said she is considering taking a gap semester if UNC goes online next semester because the things she likes about college are mostly gone. 

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Data shows African Americans might be more affected by COVID-19 than other groups

A recent report released by the CDC implicated underlying conditions as being the main culprit for many COVID-19 deaths and also that African Americans made up a large number of hospitalizations. While local data is inconclusive for the moment, it does raise questions about how race and health are intertwined. “We cannot refer to these high rates of chronic disease without mentioning that African American communities also typically experience poverty, food deserts, gentrification, red-lining and environmental and systemic institutional racism at higher rates as well,” Kristin Prelipp, communications manager at the Orange County Health Department, said.

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Opinion writer Rajee Ganesan poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Rajee Ganesan.

Column: How (not) to handle a pandemic

"With the rapid changes and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, making decisions is challenging. However, politicians should primarily consider scientific evidence, listen to  experts and prioritize the health of the public when planning for the future."

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