Nebraska universities shift to online classes as virus looms

March 12, 2020 GMT

All four University of Nebraska campuses and Creighton University have announced plans to shift to online classes this month in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha announced similar plans Thursday, following in the footsteps of colleges and universities around the country. Both schools will extend their spring breaks to start next week through March 29. Classes will then resume remotely on March 30 for the remainder of the semester.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will continue classes as usual next week before starting spring break on March 23-29 and resuming classes online March 30. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha will move to remote teaching for preclinical courses the week following the spring breaks, which vary by program.

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Creighton University in Omaha announced says it will suspend in-person classes next week and resume them on April 13.

For most people, the new COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Most people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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