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    Kat J McAlpine

    Kat J. McAlpine is editor of The Brink, Boston University’s news site for scientific breakthroughs and pioneering research. Kat has been telling science stories for over a decade, and prior to joining BU’s editorial staff, publicized research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Boston University Weekly COVID-19 Report: October 28 to November 3

  1. BU SHOULD CLOSE.
    BU SHOULD CLOSE.
    BU SHOULD CLOSE.

    Why can Judy Platt say “Unfortunately, because we’ve gone back to…having kids back in school, you’re seeing a lot of moving pieces in the community,” and not take any responsibility for BU reopening???

    Also, given the mounting evidence that COVID may have long-lasting neurodegenerative effects, we cannot continue to say that “mitigating the spread” is enough. We must PREVENT ALL NEW INFECTIONS. That’s what we should have been doing all along.

    PLEASE, can we STOP with this headstrong, privileged, ignorant, dangerous insistence on staying open! It is directly putting BU students, and the entire Boston community, at risk.

    1. Possibly the only way to “prevent all new infections” would be for every human around the globe to agree to not leave their homes for some extended period of time. But then likely we’d all starve to death.

      Or we could go about our lives doing the best we can to protect ourselves and each other, especially those who are known to be the most vulnerable.

      From what I can see, BU has done an exceptional job of putting procedures in place to protect one another, based on the knowledge we currently have about the virus. (Even creating their own covid-19 testing lab!) But, we are all imperfect humans, who need social interaction to thrive, and the virus is highly communicable. There will be new infections.

  2. BU you have to realize this is going to happen regardless of the useless practices you put in place right? The BU community is in MA which is seeing an increase in cases…can we stop with the over-policing and over-testing and acknowledge that nothing BU is doing is helping at all?

  3. So… ten people tested positive in a day. How many of them are actually ill? How many of them have been hospitalized? How many at BU have been hospitalized since the start of the semester? How many have been left with severe lingering effects, as we keep hearing about? How many deaths have there been at BU this semester? Give us some real data.

    1. I do not believe BU should close down as many students rely on BU for housing, students like me. I do believe that BU can be stricter on monitoring guests and interactions, but to close down the whole school and send thousands of students home (some to possibly no home at all) isn’t fair. Think about people who actually need BU as a place to stay before calling everyone privileged and ignorant. You thinking that everyone has a place to call “home” is privileged and ignorant in fact.

  4. I would just like to comment (and I rarely do) that the initial and continuing BU efforts to protect each of us working or studying on the campus is to be commended. The scientific/analytic and administrative processes that were quickly put in place to monitor and protect us is unprecedented. I will let others debate the “live vs remote” attendance for students or staff. I can only say I am proud to be a small part of the research solutions BU is providing to the resolution of the pandemic and I will happily swab myself and trust the system in place to protect us all going forward.

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