The greedy decision to get Glasgow University’s halls of residence filled again with UK and overseas students, paying well over-the-odds for pokey accommodation (my daughter was in them two years ago), has resulted in approaching 1 000 infections of mainly the under 30s but also inevitably some mature students. The death rate among the under-45’s is 0.66% or 7 in a 1 000.
Equally worrying is the incidence of ‘long-covid‘ among people of all ages including young adults. See this from Time:
This long COVID is one reason why we cannot assume it’s safe to let young adults get infected, as many U.S. colleges and universities are assuming by reopening campuses this fall. We are also only starting to get a picture of the hidden toll of long COVID. The most common symptoms are tiredness, shortness of breath, chest tightness and pain, headaches, muscle pain, and heart palpitations. We know from research that this virus is not just a “respiratory virus.” Evidence suggests that it affects the brain, heart, pancreas, skin, thyroid, gut, kidneys and musculoskeletal system. For some people, the symptoms repeatedly come and go. Many people, including physicians with long COVID, have been unable to return to work, care for their kids, or even do light exercise.
Long-covid affects up to 35%. How many of Glasgow University’s students will pay a price for their greed?
The buck stops with the Principal. Where is he? Why is BBC Scotland, above, not interested in him? They’re really interested in Margaret Ferrier, below.
Six out of nine reports are about her. How many did she infect? Far fewer than Scotland’s university principals.