With no cases in Ohio until yesterday, now at 3, and with no cases at OSU, wouldn’t this be a bit too much for “just the flu”?
One of the memes that keeps getting floated by the MSM is that this is “just the flu”.
Our President is only making matters worse as he says it:
So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
Whether this is just the flu or something more is a question some people and organizations aren’t debating.
Case in point: Ohio State University.
From The Ohio State University (bold added for emphasis):
While there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, we know that there are at least three confirmed cases in the state of Ohio, and we expect that there will be more. We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the university. I understand that our policy guidelines will cause measurable disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. The safety of our campus community is always our top priority. Your cooperation and collaboration will help to ensure an appropriate response across our institution to this rapidly changing matter. Thank you for that.
And how are the being proactive?
They’re suspending in-person classes:
We are suspending face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction, effective immediately and through at least Monday, March 30. We are evaluating classroom experiences such as laboratory and performance classes, and the university will provide specific guidance this week. We will reevaluate these guidelines on an ongoing basis and share updates or modifications as more information becomes available.
They’re suspending all international travel:
Effective immediately and until further notice, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and April 20. We will reevaluate these guidelines and share updates as more information becomes available.
And they’re doing much more than that.
See the entire email for all of what OSU is doing “to help prevent illness and continue the work of the university”.
Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins tracker (8:13, Tuesday morning update):
We would expect to see more and more schools and universities following OSU’s lead in the coming days.