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COVID Models Did Not Anticipate Students Breaking Quarantine

MarketWatch (Sept. 25) – The scientists anticipated an initial spike in positive cases after students returned to campus, said Rebecca Lee Smith, an associate professor of pathobiology at U of I who is part of the team that developed the school’s testing and other protocols. Though the school’s scientists had built into their model the idea that students would not follow the school’s guidelines 100% of the time — they would probably socialize without masks or go to crowded bars — “we did not expect people to know that they were positive and still go to parties,” Smith said. “That didn’t seem to us like something that would happen.”