Posting from 25th September 2020
The events this week have again plunged the country into crisis as the grim and inevitable reality of COVID-19 returned to haunt us. It was inevitable that the annual mass migration of hundreds of thousands of students around the UK would spread the coronavirus. The government had insisted that people get back to work, opened restaurants and bars, and opened schools. In many respects, these were less risky actions since most people had learned to stay ‘local’ and made containing the disease easier. But of course, there were some who paid little attention and outbreaks emerged over the summer leading to several area lockdowns. Universities just add to this danger. Local populations will not take kindly to students, who are now the centre of attention, trying to make sense of a new world and ride the storm.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. He has served on the Senate and Finance and planning committee of a Russell Group University.