last August, since the students returned to the campuses throughout the country, the United States was between two waves of Covid-19. Case counts across the country were quite low, at least compared to where we have found now.

Even so, a series of larger universities, mostly public, passed through what seemed to be some of the disaster situations. . With thousands of infected students, some universities sent students to students to the family. Other soldiers as the cases rose, on the strong protests of campus instructors.

This semester, those institutions that place the highest numbers for student case counts seem to be better. They have fewer cases and are, in general, by performing more tests. While some of the numbers can still be worrisome, which represents hundreds of infected students, often are far from the recorded record workshops in the autumn.

The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, for example, had 2,184 cases of 22 days students in the autumn semester. This term, the University has reported only 591.

The University of Wisconsin in Madison has seen similarly to less than the past semester. Thirteen days in its semester, the University has cataloged with 366 cases of students. Last semester at the same time that it reported 1,321.

In many cases, universities have increased the tests. UW Madison, for example, is testing students twice per week this semester, a pioneer model by others like Colby College and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign last year. The tests have become cheaper and easier to make universities, and some institutions have even taken the process in the house to their own laboratories.

Part of the difference This year could also be due to simple things that come with the new semester. The University of Auburn, now three weeks in its semester, is also improving. Currently, with 188 cases, the university last year saw 794 at the same time.

Auburn Controversially did not require a re-entry proof in this semester, despite doing it in the fall. But the administration initiated a sentinel testing program to test approximately 10 percent of the student body per week.

BUT AUBURN officials said that despite the national increase in cases, they expected different dynamics to perform. Compared to the fall. While first-year students are often anxious to find friends and perhaps participate in prisoner events, for spring, many of their social lives have been established.

Another potential factor is also the conferred immunity of a COVID-19 infection. There is still no consensus on how long a person is immune to Covid-19 after having recovered from an infection, although some studies have suggested that one can remain immune for several months. The university campuses that saw a large number of students, and in some cases, their students less careful, infected could have a certain barrier against large peaks. Some universities, such as the Polytechnic Institute of Virginia and the State University, have said that students who picked up the fall virus are exempt from re-entry tests.

"Previously positive students definitely have some protection," said Richard Friend, Dean of the Alabama Community Science College and a member of the University Health and Safety Working Group. "I think that has helped." Alabama also increased sentinel tests and geographical testing, testing all students in an area where others have been positive.

In some schools, the proportion of students who were previously infected is significant. A peer-reviewed study published last month suggested that the Universities such as Brigham Young University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Notre Dame had seen more than 10 percent of their infected students. At the University of Clemson, 22 percent of students were infected by the end of the year. The study also suggested that the first two weeks of the semester are critical for an institution, with many schools that see the peaks of infection with

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