What does COVID-19 mean for higher education? Looking ahead.

I: the status of COVID-19 so far

Countries depicted in white have at least one infection.

we could imagine coronavirus becoming a minor but long-standing piece of our total disease puzzle… something between SARS (which it has just exceeded) and the unspeakably devastating Spanish flu. It’s a wide range, but we don’t have a lot of data now.

At least 210 patients have died in Iran, health sources have told BBC Persian, way above the official figure of 34. Iran denies withholding information about the number of people infected.

II: What this does to higher ed and how higher ed may respond

*Following WHO, I’m going to refer to the disease as COVID-19 from now on. SARS-CoV-2 is what causes it.

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