This senior was set on her dream school. Then covid-19 hit.

As college decision day looms, the pandemic has created a whole new set of factors and fears for high school seniors like Mariah Barrera. In seventh grade, Mariah made a pact to herself that she would be the first in her family to graduate college. Now, she’s completely rethinking what her dream school is.

We spoke to an expert to get five helpful tips on making this high-stakes decision during an unprecedented time. Dr. Asha Dickerson is a licensed counselor and professor who works with young adults.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

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