Covid testing for students
Covid testing for students has been well received for those wanting to return home for Christmas. The mass Covid testing of students before Christmas has found extremely low numbers from those universities taking part. This mass testing of students launched on campuses last week is screening thousands of students preparing to leave for Christmas. Whilst there has been a ‘blame culture’ for students and the spread of Coivd, these results have been a welcomed relief.
Students behaving…. Exceptionally well
Where outbreaks did occur, testing programmes helped identify cases quickly, and measures were put in place to prevent further spread. Once the second lockdown was put in place, the number of infected students reduced to single figures. There is a feeling that students should not bear the brunt of blame and criticism. This is because their overall behaviour has been exceptionally positive in conforming with the rules.
UEA launches Asymptomatic Covid testing
The UEA has launched an in-house Covid-19 testing for all its staff and students from the 9th of December. The test, which tells people if they have the virus at time of testing, is offered on a voluntary basis to all students at UEA. This programme has been implemented to help limit asymptomatic transmission on campus and in the community. The University is offering both staff and students a free swab test for Covid-19 at the start of the academic year. The aim is to limit transmission of the virus, and to provide reassurance to students, staff, and the Norwich community. People are first asked to sign-up online before collecting a test kit from campus, then self-administering a swab test and returning it that day. The team then returns the test results within 24 hours of receiving the swab.
If you’re a student at the UEA, book your Covid testing for students here.