"Cornell University’s strict vaccine mandate has done little to control infections at the school, data indicates. Following the first week of classes there, from August 27 to September 2, the school was declared a 'yellow zone' after its opening 'surveillance testing' revealed a high case load.
The university is using surveillance testing to test healthy people without symptoms for COVID-19 infections so it can quarantine them on the pretense of stopping the virus from spreading, although there is some debate about just how much asymptomatic people can spread the disease in the first place.
As of September 3, the school’s quarantine rooms were two thirds full, with 122 of 185 of the rooms being occupied. Students placed in isolation were allowed to keep up with their classes on Zoom and by crowdsourcing class notes and recording lectures.
During the school’s opening week, 95 percent of those who were tested had received both COVID-19 shots. Despite this high rate, they noted five times as many cases this year as they saw during the same period last year, prior to the vaccine rollout – even though more students were tested during the first week of school last year (28,951 versus just over 27,000)."
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