How Coronavirus Could Have Spread On A College Campus

By The Oliver Gladfelter

[Editor’s note: This is a post by a storied 127 alum, Oliver Gladfelter (class of 2018), who now works as a data scientist and, on the side, runs his own data-driven blog This post uses data from Denison students that we gathered in 2018.]

Last month, as coronavirus began to rapidly spread in the United States, many universities made the difficult decision to close their campuses and move classes online. Meanwhile, Liberty University’s president, Jerry Falwell, went a different route by actively playing down the threat of a pandemic and reopening campus. How much risk is a college president posing to their students by keeping them on campus?

To read on and see Oliver’s great data visualizations at cultureplot, click here.

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