After the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University became the latest colleges to move classes online because of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump urged schools to continue with in-person learning. (Aug. 19)
DONALD TRUMP: Multiple colleges and universities announced that they would suspend in-person teaching. And we have learned one thing, there's nothing like campus. There's nothing like being with a teacher, as opposed to being on a computer board. It's been proven a lot better. It's a lot better. For older people and individuals with underlying conditions, the China virus is very dangerous. But for university students, the likelihood of severe illness is less than or equal to the risk of a seasonal few-- the seasonal flu.
Instead of saving lives, the decision to close universities could cost lives. It is significantly safer for students to live with other young people than to go home and spread the virus to older Americans. Makes sense. And the shutdown thing is causing tremendous depression for those places that are still shut down-- you look at certain areas. Drugs, alcohol, abuse-- a lot of problems are being caused, probably far more, I would say, Scott, than is caused by the virus itself, now that we understand the virus.