HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL GOES VIRTUAL AS DELTA VARIANT INFECTIONS SPREAD AMONG VACCINATED
So Covid is clearly here to stay. As long as any percentage of any population remains unvaccinated, that is a definite truth. But with variants in the wild and in potential, things will remain even stable in terms of a return to pre-Covid reality. And the Harvard Business school this past week makes that even more clear. They’ve just switched to online learning until at least October 3rd, so no in-person classes or functions. And the reason why is the Delta variant is infecting a host of people there, all of them fully vaccinated.
BUSINESS SCHOOL SAW 74 INFECTIONS IN 6 DAYS, STUDENTS NEED THREE COVID TESTS A WEEK
So that is more than casually scary, especially as we are talking about a nearly fully vaccinated population. Harvard has been clear to note that infections have not been happening during classes or other school events. Currently, there are over 1,000 students there. Of those, 74 tested positive for Covid over a 6 day period. 87 are also now isolated, with 28 under quarantine. The Harvard Business school is now requiring all students to have 3 Covid tests per week as a higher level of detection with these breakthrough cases.
IS THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL A HARBINGER OF WHAT’S TO COME FOR ANOTHER YEAR?
While contact tracing has not detected infections between students in classes or in other school settings, there is still no word where and how these breakthrough cases are happening. But as most of these infections involve vaccinated students, this serves as a warning sign of what may come elsewhere, if not everywhere. Hopefully, what is happening at the Harvard Business school won’t prove to be the canary in a coal mine for other schools and universities. Just consider how many schools across the United States have not been as diligent as Harvard in attempting to prevent Covid infections.
It may be a long fall, spring and summer in terms of Covid.