A 19-year-old from Delaware County was supposed to be starting his sophomore year of college last month, but a vaping-related illness had him in the hospital instead. Nationally, a string of lung illnesses potentially associated with vaping is rattling the medical and public health communities because no one can quite determine what connects the cases.
Also, when colleges are faced with emergency situations, they have different protocols about sending alerts to their communities. It can be a tricky balancing act between speed and accuracy.
Colleges face a balancing act. Officials must work as quickly as possible when alerting students and staff of an emergency, but those first crucial moments often don’t allow them time to verify reports. They’re also aware that an outburst of messages could unnecessarily cause panic.
Federal regulations don’t specify a timeline for when alerts should be sent out. But, there are things colleges can do to make sure that communication is clear and consistent, according to experts.
Last year, a group of Pennsylvania voters won their challenge to the state’s gerrymandered congressional map. And earlier this week, North Carolina had pretty much the same thing happen, using the Pennsylvania case as a model to challenge partisan gerrymandering there.
This is especially significant after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that federal courts couldn’t touch the issue, so any challenges regarding gerrymandering would have to be handled by state courts.
Kevin Boclair was supposed to start his sophomore year of college at the end of August. Instead, he was in a hospital room after coughing so much and so hard that he blew tiny holes in his lungs and his chest filled with air. The 19-year-old told his doctor that he had been vaping the equivalent of a half-pack of cigarettes a day for over a year.
A string of cases with severe lung illnesses that are potentially connected with vaping has rattled the medical and public health communities, especially because a majority of the patients are young adults or teens who are otherwise healthy. But, so far, the CDC has been unable to identify a specific product or substance to link the cases.
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