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Learn more about COVID-19 and 18 to 24-year olds from legitimate news and research

Legitimate news articles about how COVID is changing the lifestyle of 18 to 24-year-olds, particularly on college campuses.

Amour, M. S. (2020, June 23). Report: COVID-19 has hurt college students. Inside Higher Ed.

Anderson, G. (2020, August 24). College COVID strategies don't adequately address typical student behavior. Inside Higher Ed.

Andrew, S. (2020, September 09). The psychology behind why some college students break COVID-19 rules. CNN.

Boneparth, D. A. (2020, March 31). What college graduates need to know entering the job market post-coronavirus. CNBC.

Bruner, R. (2020, September 19). Students adapt to life at college amid COVID-19 risks. Time Magazine.

Camera, L. (2020, August 28). Reopening colleges face biggest Coronavirus threat: Students. U.S. News & World Report.

Ciechalski, S., Walters, S., & Kaufman, S. (2020, September 3). College students brace for the 'second curve' of COVID-19 - Its mental health impact. NBC News.

Cipriano, L. E., Haddara, W. M. R., Zaric, G. S., & Enns, E. A. (2020). Impact Of University Re-Opening On Total Community Covid-19 Burden.

Coughenour, C., Gakh, M., Pharr, J. R., Bungum, T., & Jalene, S. (2020). Changes in Depression and Physical Activity Among College Students on a Diverse Campus After a COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order.

DeCock, L. (2020). UNC vs. Charlotte cancellation shows college football can't hide from coronavirus. newsobserver.

 Faulds, C., Molloy, M. C., LaTona, F., Torchinsky, R., Vann, C., Sondgeroth, D., … Lempres, D. (2020, September 10). 'So much for honor': Despite COVID cases, college students partied Labor Day weekend away. USA Today.

 Fernandes, A. (2020). Impact of COVID-19: University students’ perspective. International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases, 10(3), 168–169.

 Gantz, S. (2020, September 23). Young adults account for a growing number of COVID-19 cases, CDC says. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Graupensperger, S., Benson, A. J., Kilmer, J. R., & Evans, M. B. (2020). Social (Un)distancing: Teammate Interactions, Athletic Identity, and Mental Health of Student-Athletes During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health, 67(5), 662–670.

Hayes, B. (2020, October 06). College student: I was in quarantine on campus. They gave me a bag lunch and little help. USA Today.

Jahnke, A. (2020, July 09). In college students, COVID-19 has increased depression rates and raised new barriers to mental healthcare. The Brink.

Kalter, L. (2020, September 4). Campus life in the COVID era: 'We're Missing Out'. WebMD.

Kaparounaki, C. K., Patsali, M. E., Mousa, D.-P. V., Papadopoulou, E. V., Papadopoulou, K. K., & Fountoulakis, K. N. (2020). University students’ mental health amidst the COVID-19 quarantine in Greece. Psychiatry Research, 290, 113111.

 Kaur, H. (2020, September 12). Ohio college students were cited after hosting a house party despite testing positive for Covid-19. CNN.

 Keel, P. K., Gomez, M. M., Harris, L., Kennedy, G. A., Ribeiro, J., & Joiner, T. E. (2020). Gaining “The Quarantine 15:” Perceived versus observed weight changes in college students in the wake of COVID ‐19. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 1-8.

Kelly, A., & Columbus, R. (2020). College in the time of coronavirus: Challenges facing American higher education. American Enterprise Institute. 1-32.

Korn, M. (2020, September 20). The college freshman's life this fall: 'Definitely weird'. The Wall Street Journal.

Lechner, W. V., Laurene, K. R., Patel, S., Anderson, M., Grega, C., & Kenne, D. R. (2020). Changes in alcohol use as a function of psychological distress and social support following COVID-19 related University closings. Addictive Behaviors, 110, 106527.

Miller, K., & Fornoff, M. (2020, September 24). Learning about the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses. MPR News.

Montgomery, K. (2020, April 15). Managing COVID-19's impact on campus - Today's Learner - Cengage. Cengage.

Morgan, E. (2020, May 08). Pour one out for 2020 grads. It'll be hard to find a job in this market. Los Angeles Times.

Mulcahy, S., Novak, A., & Platoff, E. (2020, September 22). As Texas college towns emerge as coronavirus hot spots, universities try to keep students from infecting locals. The Texas Tribune.

Nivette, A., Ribeaud, D., Murray, A., Steinhoff, A., Bechtiger, L., Hepp, U., … Eisner, M. (2021). Non-compliance with COVID-19-related public health measures among young adults in Switzerland: Insights from a longitudinal cohort study. Social Science & Medicine, 268, 113370.

 Quillen, A. (2020, September 16). A day in the life of a college student during COVID-19. NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

 Sahu, P. (2020). Closure of Universities Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Impact on Education and Mental Health of Students and Academic Staff. Cureus.

 Smith, C. (2020, September 17). Infection rates soar in college towns as students return. AP News.

Stone, B. (2020, August 23). At least 10 cases of COVID-19 identified among A&M sorority members. The Battalion.

 Stone, W. (2020, September 29). When young people get COVID-19, infections soon rise among older adults. NPR.

Legitimate published research about the infection and recovery rates for this group

Abd-Alrazaq, A., Alhuwail, D., Househ, M., Hamdi, M., & Shah, Z. (2020). Top concerns of tweeters during the COVID-19 pandemic: Infoveillance study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(4).

 Adams, S. H., Park, M. J., Schaub, J. P., Brindis, C. D., & Irwin, C. E. (2020). Medical vulnerability of young adults to severe COVID-19 illness—data from the National Health Interview survey. Journal of Adolescent Health, 67(3), 362–368.   

 Camera, L. (2020, September 14). Colleges, universities continue battling major COVID-19 spikes. U.S. News and World Report.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC COVID Data Tracker. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Davies, N., Klepac, P., Liu, Y., Prem, K., Jit, M., & Eggo, R. (2020). Age-dependent effects in the transmission and control of COVID-19 epidemics. Nature Medicine. 26, 1205–1211.

 Debiasi, R. L., Song, X., Delaney, M., Bell, M., Smith, K., Pershad, J., … Wessel, D. (2020). Severe coronavirus disease-2019 in children and young adults in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. The Journal of Pediatrics, 223.

Jannene, J. (2020, September 24). Every age group but 18-24 year olds has increasing COVID-19 spread. WI Daily.

Jesus, E. G. de. (2020, March 24). Young adults can face severe cases of COVID-19, too. Science News.

Liu, K., Chen, Y., Lin, R., & Han, K. (2020). Clinical features of COVID-19 in elderly patients: A comparison with young and middle-aged patients. Journal of Infection, 80(6).

Swann, O. V., Holden, K. A., Turtle, L., Pollock, L., Fairfield, C. J., Drake, T. M., … Semple, M. G. (2020). Clinical characteristics of children and young people admitted to hospital with covid-19 in United Kingdom: prospective multicentre observational cohort study. Bmj, m3249.

Texas A&M University COVID-19 Reporting Data - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Texas A&M University.

Ramirez, S. (2020, August 03). Over 6,600 COVID-19 cases already linked to college campuses. Houston Chronicle.

Witte, K. (2020, September 14). COVID in context: Tracking Brazos County cases in 18-24 age group. KBTX-TX.

Zhou, C., Huang, Z., Tan, W., Li, X., Yin, W., Xiao, Y., … Hu, Y. (2020). Predictive factors of severe coronavirus disease 2019 in previously healthy young adults: a single-center, retrospective study. Respiratory Research, 21(1).

Other legitimate research articles concerning COVID and college

Chesser, A., Ham, A. D., & Woods, N. K. (2020). Assessment of COVID-19 Knowledge Among University Students: Implications for Future Risk Communication Strategies. Health Education & Behavior, 47(4), 540–543.

DePietro, A. (2020, June 2). Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on college tuition and finances. Forbes.

Hartocollis, A. (2020, March 11). 'An eviction notice': Chaos after colleges tell students to stay away. The New York Times.

Hess, A. (2020, October 1). College enrollment is down because of the pandemic- And community colleges have been hit the hardest. CNBC.

 Huidu, A. (2020). The social responsibility of researchers in combating fake news and conspiracy: Theories during a pandemic. Postmodern Openings, 11(1Sup2), 39–48. 

Nadworny, E., & McMinn, S. (2020, October 6). Even in COVID-19 hot spots, Many colleges aren't aggressively testing students. NPR.

Naeem, S. B., Bhatti, R., & Khan, A. (2020). An exploration of how fake news is taking over social media and putting public health at risk. Health Information & Libraries Journal. 1-7.



Thank you to the students of Dr. Randall Sumpter's COMM 460 Communication & Contemporary Issues class for compiling the citations for this page