University Testing Students Twice a Week For COVID-19

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hoping to avoid any coronavirus breakouts on campus.

According to reports, the university has come up with its own coronavirus testing and is testing its students twice a week for the fall semester as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country.

“The hardest part for sure is garnering enough saliva,” junior Ian Katsnelson said, via the New York Post. “I’ve built up my saliva in line before I’ve even gotten inside the tent, so I can get in and get out real quick.”

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.84 million confirmed cases and 180,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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