University towns could see COVID-19 infection rates double in a single semester


LONDON, ON – Post-secondary institutions and the return of a larger student body were the focus of a recent study that looked at rates of COVID-19 infection in college towns. “We knew university students are a high contact population, they’re going to cause a high number of cases,” says Lauren Cipriano of Western’s Ivey Business School and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The study, conducted from Western’s Ivey Business School, predicts that returning students could double the number of COVID-19 infections in the city in a single semester.

“University students have a high rate of asymptotic infections, so many of them will pass this virus to others without knowing it,” says Cipriano, who adds that students won’t just spread it in their circles. social.

“We are all connected and we know that these cases will be transferred to the community and to populations at high risk of hospitalization and death.

The results of the study recommend in order to slow the spread of high-frequency screening in the post-secondary population.

Even though high-frequency screening of large student populations is a challenge, the research team says it has been done and proven to be successful in other post-secondary institutions, particularly in the United States.

“We looked at a one-day mass testing campaign strategy to see if it would change the trajectory of our community, and it would.”

Cipriano says his team shared their findings with the Western administration as well as with other post-secondary institutions. She hopes the recommendations will be taken into account to help flatten the infection rate as fall approaches.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here