The last semester, Auburn University asked students to be tested by Covid-19 before or upon arrival at the campus. The Public University of Alabama sent at home the test kits for students, offered sites on campus and allowed students to demonstrate results that they obtained elsewhere.

This semester, the university opted not to repeat that practice.

The movement was criticized by some observers and faculty members. But university officials say there are good reasons to not do it again.

by one, it did not work.

"I hate to say it, but he clearly did not prevent a spike at the beginning of the fall," said Dr. Fred Kam, clinical medical director of Auburn. The University fought, like others in the state, Kam said, to obtain compliance from 90 to 100 percent of the Protocol. And in the first weeks of the term, the university saw more than 1,300 cases. "Clearly did not stop a spike at the University of Alabama, or Auburn, or some other schools, it still happened," he said.

The situation in Auburn illustrates part of the ambiguity facing colleges and universities this term. With such a new virus, public health protocols are still being developed, tested and perfected. Public health experts and doctors who advise universities are experienced professionals. But with the research that is still done, many institutions and their experts have had to rely on the anecdotal evidence of their peers and others even outside of higher education to make decisions on how to contain the disease on campus.

The centers for the control and prevention of the disease, for example, do not specifically recommend that institutions try students on or before arrival. Nor does the American College Health Association. However, they have recognized that practice can have some value for universities and universities. When the re-entry tests are combined with immediate insulation or measures that prevent positive Covid students from reaching campus, it can prevent it from spreading early in the semester. Research has shown that many universities see the Covid-19 peaks within the first two weeks of the term, since students return from a whole state or region.

Many institutions have used entry tests as part of a set of measures designed to maintain low infections. The University of Vermont, the University of Carolina del Norte de Chapel Hill and the State University of Washington, for example, are planning to use the measure this spring. A recent ACha survey of Members suggested that about 37 percent of respondents performed testing on arrival in the fall, and 22 percent performed pre-warmer tests. The officials of the organization have said that it is something that universities and universities should be taken into account.

Other measurements, such as two-weekly two-week tests of the entire student body, which has recommended ACha and several universities are planning for spring. - It can prevent transmission, but also make less imperative perform specific re-entry tests. Auburn, in fact, has expanded a sentinel test program for spring, although not at the frequency you have recommended ACha. The program selects a random sample of students and weekly employees to participate, although taking the test after being selected is optional, it is not mandatory. The test change has been improved from two to three days in the fall less than 24 hours in this period.

But with re-entry tests and other measures, universities and universities also have potential benefits against potential costs. Kam said Auburn's autumn re-entry tests were paid with ACT money.

"If we had spring re-entry tests, more than likely I would have had to be covered by each individual student," Kam said.

Ask 20,000 college students to get a test would also put a tension in state resources, she said.

"The use of resources for relatively healthy asymptomatic people compared to people who have been exposed or people who have symptoms," she said, "You a

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