The pandemic is still raging. Colleges are reopening in-person. What comes next?

Friday, January 22, 2021

The University of Illinois had spent months preparing to reopen its campus to students, and a few weeks into the fall semester it seemed all for naught. Cases were exploding. A new testing method that relied on spit rather than invasive nasal swabs allowed for thousands of tests and showed many students had COVID-19. Chancellor Robert J. Jones locked down the campus, and students expecting in-person learning were confined to dorm rooms for online classes they could have taken from home. But the story didn't end there.