North Central College Dean interviewed by The Beacon-News
May 01, 2020
Dean Marci Swede weighed in on reopening the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Due to mounting pressure to ease stay-at-home restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts in northern Illinois and city leaders statewide outlined measures that could be necessary to fully reopen businesses.
Those measures, including increased testing and a viable vaccine, remain far off and reopening businesses will likely be a lengthy process.
North Central College’s Marci Swede, dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences, spoke with The Beacon-News on keys to reopening the country and how to be successful in “flattening the curve,” which has been the goal of the stay-at-home order, and widespread testing and a vaccine.
“Testing and a vaccine can be tools to tailoring more finely an approach to “flattening the curve,” rather than a one-size-fits-all stay-at-home order,” said Swede. “We’re really bad at-risk assessment. So, to put the ownership of risk assessment on the general public is hard, and it’s asking individuals to make choices without having all the tools they need.”