COVID-19 Well if the government cant test and trace... uni's can!

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Just found out today that the 2 universities in Liverpool city centre have organised their own joint testing centre, swab processing, and test, track and trace system. All students and staff showing symptoms are eligible and are guaranteed a walk-in city centre test appointment within 24 hours, test results within 24 hours, and we have an integrated system that will automatically notify anyone else who swiped their uni ID cards in the same area and at a similar time as the covid-affected person that they need to self isolate. All in house and via the uni IT systems.
How reassuring is that? :)
 

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That’s great news. I’m delivering Son2A back to Liverpool in the next week or so.
I think our unis are doing a fantastic job really planning for everything and trying to keep everyone safe while still trying to fit in a bit of face to face teaching time and allow library access etc, we are going to teach everything 3 times to make sure we never have more than 40 students in labs that usually hold 120, there's an allocated seating plan, plexiglass screens separating people sitting on opposite sides of the same table, bubbles with allocated slots for library time and an online booking system to use the campus computers that will get wiped down with disinfectant after every student, a one-way system through the whole building so nobody ever walks past each other in the corridors, mandatory mask wearing everywhere inside the building... free reusable masks... free pens so no-one is tempted to borrow a pen... and even coloured lanyards for anyone who cant wear a mask for medical reasons so they dont get challenged!
If only real life could be more like university, we'd all be much safer...
 

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that's great we had to isolate for 10 days only to find out the test was negative so 24hour turn round on tests sounds like a dream to me.
 

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That's very reassuring, @PigglePuggle ! I hope all universities are similarly well prepared. The only spanner in the works is the students - blase ones like my son who wants to carry on socialising and thinks he won't catch the virus 😖.
When it comes to tracking people, it is easier for unis than the state, if all students have ID cards and have to use them all the time, the govt doesn't have the equivalent really and lots of people are really against ID cards or being tracked at all at the best of times.
 

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That's very reassuring, @PigglePuggle ! I hope all universities are similarly well prepared. The only spanner in the works is the students - blase ones like my son who wants to carry on socialising and thinks he won't catch the virus 😖.
When it comes to tracking people, it is easier for unis than the state, if all students have ID cards and have to use them all the time, the govt doesn't have the equivalent really and lots of people are really against ID cards or being tracked at all at the best of times.
I think most students will be ok with following the rules if it means 2 weeks off they're pretty used to having to do what the uni says and adapting to changing rules. I hate the blame constantly being put onto young people there are plenty of middle aged people too stuck in their ways to adapt to the new rules of wearing masks, distancing and taking time off.
 

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I'm not blaming young people as a whole, I just know that my 20 year old and some of his friends are not keeping to all the rules all the time and so I worry that he will eventually get the virus, maybe without knowing, and pass it on. Unfortunately for young people, education means being in big groups which make it easier to spread viruses, while other big gatherings are presently not allowed. It's always the few that make life worse for the many, in all generations.
 

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Unfortunately there’s always a minority that won’t tow the line in any generation. Some younger people think the “Boomer remover” virus is the older generations problem, but what they don’t realise is the generation dying in the most numbers are the ones who fought to keep this country safe and suppress German invasion, giving us the freedoms we have now, not the baby boomers! They are an entirely different generation
 

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my other halfs friends broke the rules at the weekend and they are in their 50's......
 

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my dads friend came over from America and didn't self isolate to camp in a field with 5 other men from different households. this was in the height of lockdown and he's in his 50's. my dad brushes off every time anyone breaks the rules as "having a good can do attitude" and "not being a stickler for rules" then visits his elderly mother every weekend. and yet the blame is somehow always pushed onto young people.
 
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