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Students from the regions will bring the second wave of COVID-19 to metropolitan areas
Students from the regions will bring the second wave of COVID-19 to metropolitan areas. New outbreaks of diseases may begin in the fall due to nonresident students returning to study at large universities. Experts predict an increase in the incidence of 20%.
As reported "News", in the regions, as a rule, the situation with the coronavirus is three weeks late. Due to this danger, quarantine for visiting students may be required. According to Aleksey Borovkov, Vice-Rector for Promising Projects of SPbPU, mandatory testing or two-week quarantine is required.
According to Skoltech professor and virologist Yegor Bazykin, universities should keep the online learning format. According to him, the experience that educational institutions received from the emergency online transfer is very significant. Now it will be easy to resume it.
The Ministry of Education and Science said that universities can independently postpone the beginning of the academic year up to two months, if the epidemiological situation tends to do so. It was also previously reported that mass distance learning in Russia will not. According to the head of the Ministry of Education Sergei Kravtsov, the new academic year will begin as usual on September 1.