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Hannah Smalley

Princeton students in 1918

A look at how the U.’s response to COVID-19 compares to past pandemics

In contrast to past pandemics, today’s students are accustomed to moving freely around campus, the town, and even farther afield to nearby cities, and many people in town regularly commute to New York City or Philadelphia for work. The level of interaction between the University and the surrounding community and the difficulty of imposing such strict rules for civilian populations suggest that protective sequestration was never a viable response to COVID-19. 

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