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Colleges Become Reservoirs of Covid Ready to Spill Over

  • Schools struggle to contain virus before Thanksgiving break
  • ‘It has been a debacle, a national catastrophe,’ expert says
Incoming freshmen wait in line while arriving on campus at University of Colorado Boulder.

Incoming freshmen wait in line while arriving on campus at University of Colorado Boulder.

Photographer: Mark Makela/Getty Images

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College administrators and government officials summoned students back to campus. Now, they are presiding over viral reservoirs poised to release a flood of infected undergraduates at Thanksgiving -- if they make it that far.