The novel coronavirus has caused a global health pandemic, shutting down physical campus operations at higher-ed institutions across the world.

But at the same time as instruction has moved online, colleges and universities are refocusing their efforts to fight COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Many institutions are serving as testing sites, are donating equipment to help healthcare professional, and are conducting research to try and help solve some of the challenges associated with slowing the spread of the virus. Great Value Colleges has compiled a list, updated regularly, of college and university efforts to help in any capacity.

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Straight from that list are just 10 of many examples of how institutions are stepping up and using their available resources to help fight the coronavirus:

1. Florida Tech is currently manufacturing about a dozen medical face shields for healthcare workers per day, thanks to its supply of 3-D printers. The shields are being produced through the school’s engineering lab on the Melbourne campus as well as through its off-campus Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design. The shields will be donated to healthcare workers and first responders in the area.

2. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is joining several other medical schools across the United States by allowing its graduating class to receive their credentials early. The move is in response to New York’s current shortage of healthcare professionals in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The school says it will continue to provide support service to graduates as they begin their careers amid the public health crisis.

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura


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