Before classes had even started this semester, pictures of student parties began to circulate on social media. A college experience had been promised, but not everyone read the fine print about the degree of isolation and social distancing that would be required. The reactions ranged from indifference, to abject horror, to finger wagging, to smug “I-told-you-so’s”.
Since then, additional cases of partying have been caught on camera. COVID-19 cases at IU Bloomington have increased since the beginning of the semester, particularly in communal living environments, such as fraternity and sorority houses. Although, IU’s reported cases are down slightly as of this Wednesday.
However, from a scientific perspective, we need to be careful when apportioning blame before the evidence comes in.