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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. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/06/23/report-covid-19-has-hurt-college-students

Anderson, G. (2020, August 24). College COVID strategies don't adequately address typical student behavior. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/08/24/college-covid-strategies-dont-adequately-address-typical-student-behavior

Andrew, S. (2020, September 09). The psychology behind why some college students break COVID-19 rules. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/24/us/college-students-covid-psychology-wellness-trnd/index.html

Boneparth, D. A. (2020, March 31). What college graduates need to know entering the job market post-coronavirus. CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/31/what-college-graduates-must-know-entering-job-market-post-coronavirus.html

Bruner, R. (2020, September 19). Students adapt to life at college amid COVID-19 risks. Time Magazine. https://time.com/5887390/college-campus-covid/

Camera, L. (2020, August 28). Reopening colleges face biggest Coronavirus threat: Students. U.S. News & World Report. https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2020-08-28/reopening-colleges-face-biggest-coronavirus-threat-students/

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. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/college-students-brace-second-curve-covid-19-its-mental-health-n1238740

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. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.18.20197467

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. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-70471/v1

DeCock, L. (2020). UNC vs. Charlotte cancellation shows college football can't hide from coronavirus. newsobserver. https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/luke-decock/article245800850.html

 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. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/education/2020/09/08/covid-cases-college-parties-labor-day-weekend-fall-2020/5710934002/.

 Fernandes, A. (2020). Impact of COVID-19: University students’ perspective. International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases, 10(3), 168–169. https://doi-org.srv-proxy2.library.tamu.edu/10.4103/ijnpnd.ijnpnd_60_20

 Gantz, S. (2020, September 23). Young adults account for a growing number of COVID-19 cases, CDC says. The Philadelphia Inquirer. https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-young-adults-asymptomatic-community-spread-20200923.html

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.08.001

Hayes, B. (2020, October 06). College student: I was in quarantine on campus. They gave me a bag lunch and little help. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/10/06/coronavirus-covid-19-student-chapel-hill-quarantine-column/3622138001/

Jahnke, A. (2020, July 09). In college students, COVID-19 has increased depression rates and raised new barriers to mental healthcare. The Brink. http://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/college-students-covid-19-increased-depression-rate-and-raised-barriers-to-mental-healthcare/

Kalter, L. (2020, September 4). Campus life in the COVID era: 'We're Missing Out'. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200904/campus-life-in-the-covid-era-were-missing-out

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113111

 Kaur, H. (2020, September 12). Ohio college students were cited after hosting a house party despite testing positive for Covid-19. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/11/us/miami-university-student-party-covid-trnd/index.html

 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23375

Kelly, A., & Columbus, R. (2020). College in the time of coronavirus: Challenges facing American higher education. American Enterprise Institute. 1-32. https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/College-in-the-Time-of-Coronavirus.pdf

Korn, M. (2020, September 20). The college freshman's life this fall: 'Definitely weird'. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-university-freshman-campus-life-covid-11600624951

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106527

Miller, K., & Fornoff, M. (2020, September 24). Learning about the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses. MPR News. https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2020/09/24/learning-about-the-spread-of-covid19-on-college-campuses

Montgomery, K. (2020, April 15). Managing COVID-19's impact on campus - Today's Learner - Cengage. Cengage. https://todayslearner.cengage.com/managing-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-campus/

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. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-05-08/coronavirus-college-graduates-jobs-internships

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. https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/22/texas-coronavirus-universities/

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113370

 Quillen, A. (2020, September 16). A day in the life of a college student during COVID-19. NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-college-student-during-covid-19/2444760/

 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. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.7541

 Smith, C. (2020, September 17). Infection rates soar in college towns as students return. AP News. https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-indiana-muncie-b62eacec9bd3fff89eeab1a8de72f819

Stone, B. (2020, August 23). At least 10 cases of COVID-19 identified among A&M sorority members. The Battalion. http://www.thebatt.com/news/at-least-10-cases-of-covid-19-identified-among-a-m-sorority-members/article_e782c2aa-e254-11ea-acb9-d3b572626b18.html

 Stone, W. (2020, September 29). When young people get COVID-19, infections soon rise among older adults. NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/09/29/916634414/when-young-people-get-covid-19-infections-soon-rise-among-older-adults.

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). https://doi.org/10.2196/19016

 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.025   

 Camera, L. (2020, September 14). Colleges, universities continue battling major COVID-19 spikes. U.S. News and World Report. https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2020-09-14/colleges-universities-continue-battling-major-covid-19-spikes

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC COVID Data Tracker. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/

 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. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0962-9

 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.05.007

Jannene, J. (2020, September 24). Every age group but 18-24 year olds has increasing COVID-19 spread. WI Daily. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2020/09/24/wi-daily-every-age-group-but-18-24-year-olds-has-increasing-covid-19-spread/

Jesus, E. G. de. (2020, March 24). Young adults can face severe cases of COVID-19, too. Science News. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid19-young-adults-can-face-severe-cases

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). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2020.03.005

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. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3249

Texas A&M University COVID-19 Reporting Data - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Texas A&M University.  https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/dashboard/index.html

Ramirez, S. (2020, August 03). Over 6,600 COVID-19 cases already linked to college campuses. Houston Chronicle. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/coronavirus/article/Over-6-600-COVID-19-cases-already-linked-to-15455265.php

Witte, K. (2020, September 14). COVID in context: Tracking Brazos County cases in 18-24 age group. KBTX-TX. https://www.kbtx.com/2020/09/14/covid-in-context-tracking-brazos-county-cases-in-18-24-age-group/

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). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12931-020-01412-1

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198120931420

DePietro, A. (2020, June 2). Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on college tuition and finances. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewdepietro/2020/06/02/impact-covid-19-tuition-finance/

Hartocollis, A. (2020, March 11). 'An eviction notice': Chaos after colleges tell students to stay away. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/us/colleges-cancel-classes-coronavirus.html

Hess, A. (2020, October 1). College enrollment is down because of the pandemic- And community colleges have been hit the hardest. CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/01/how-the-coronavirus-pandemic-has-impacted-college-enrollment.html

 Huidu, A. (2020). The social responsibility of researchers in combating fake news and conspiracy: Theories during a pandemic. Postmodern Openings, 11(1Sup2), 39–48. https://doi.org/10.18662/po/11.1sup2/138 

Nadworny, E., & McMinn, S. (2020, October 6). Even in COVID-19 hot spots, Many colleges aren't aggressively testing students. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2020/10/06/919159473/even-in-covid-hot-spots-many-colleges-arent-aggressively-testing-students

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. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12320

 

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