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Without masks and a vaccine, we could reach Herd Immunity from COVID-19, but deaths would skyrocket. We break down the science of it.

USA TODAY

Colleges face varying types of pressure from students, politicians, finances and local COVID rates. They need resources and resolve to operate safely.

Colleges and universities are struggling with multiple challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic — from upholding the caliber of student education to supporting the health of students, faculty and staff, all within financial constraints and a complicated political environment. Schools guided by public health and operating with adequate resources have most successfully prevented, mitigated and managed outbreaks. By contrast, those making decisions guided by external factors such as institutional leadership’s view of student wishes or political