GUEST ROOM | Why You Should Care About COVID-19 as a Cornell Student

In the days following the decision to suspend in-person classes by university leadership, I have witnessed a shockwave of complaints from fellow Cornellians and friends regarding this decision. Currently, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation circulating within the Cornell community, causing students to place blame on the university for making the correct decision. I will respond to many of the fallacies I have heard from my peers in recent weeks by making it very clear why you should care about coronavirus as a Cornell student. ○ “The flu kills more people every year than coronavirus.” Your statistic about the lethality of the Influenza A or B is not relevant to the COVID-19 conversation for a number of reasons.