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There are 14 comments on How BU’s Plan to Test Students, Faculty, and Staff for COVID-19 Would Work

  1. This sounds intriguing and I’m happy that BU is thinking outside the box. But are there also plans to develop and implement an accurate antibody test? This seems like vital information to our understanding of the potential risks of an early reopening.

    1. In the article she says there are no plans for antibody testing at this time, but that they want to move towards that by the end of the year. My guess is that the level of testing they are implementing here is hugely expensive (mass scale, advanced robots) and they want to see how that goes first before investing further in the antibody tests.

  2. When BU decide to open
    1. School needs to provide at least 10 mask for each person including teacher, worker and students and 1 fully covered PPE Cloth every day.
    2. School need to provide all single room with individual shower to prevent Covid-19.
    3. Offer online classes and lab only in-person. So majority students does not require to come to school.
    4. School need to enforce all person wear PPE everyday. If person does not follow, school shall ask that person leave campus.

  3. This is assuming that our campus is closed – but it is not. There’s many of other people on campus who have nothing to do with BU.

  4. This testing seems useless where students will be on the T, shopping in supermarkets, walking down Comm Ave, go to the movies, run by the Charles, go to gyms, and eventually when events re-open, will be at concerts, in clubs, at sporting events, museums, restaurants and bars. You could pick this up at any time, and be exposed to hundreds of people on campus by the time you get your weekly test and learn the results. Good luck tracing all the people with whom you have come into contact. Seems more like the campus is trying to give the illusion of safety so students come back and keep paying tuition.

  5. Thank you for publishing this article, it provides a good insight into reopening plans for this fall.
    I agree that it is not enough to test students who are asymptomatic only once, they need to be tested regularly. Since number of asymptomatic students will be unknown, believe there is no other reliable option but to test almost everyone frequently! Believe this could be a big challenge for BU resources.
    Also, as a parent, I worry about how students who tested positive would be managed, especially international students!

  6. This is a monumental issue that doesn’t have a clear solution that everyone would agree with and one where factors surrounding it including state and federal guidelines are changing daily. The challenges facing Universities, which in the best of times are essentially their own enormous ecosystems within a city, are particularly daunting. In addition to the typical responsibilities a school has to faculty and students they have to navigate how to conduct education, residential issues, extracurricular activities, employees, security, among numerous other factors, within the context of a pandemic that has no current solution.
    President Brown should be commended for appropriately addressing this and Professor Klapperich for her innovation.

  7. This is not sufficient, especially at BU where students have to take the T even to get across campus. You can test negative, walk out, and get it ten minutes later on a packed Green Line car, then walk around infecting people on the T, in class, in dorms, getting food, etc. until your next test. And testing doesn’t prevent getting it–it’s not acceptable to ask students, faculty, and staff to risk their health like this. I have to commute in on the T and a bus every day both ways. This will not make it safe to reopen and it’s still irresponsible to do so.

  8. I am still concerned about the reliability of self testing process. The Nasal swab has to be done correctly, and has to be able to get a sample from the very back of the nose, which can be uncomfortable while being performed by medical personnel. I do not think that an undergrad student with no medical back ground will get a good enough sample to be reliable. Then you are dealing with false negatives which is already a problem when the test is done correctly. With symptoms sometimes progressing rapidly from feeling unwell to respiratory failure in matter of hours, I am concerned if the students in isolation would be monitored adequately for their own safety. It is a dense campus, particularly places like Warren Towers.

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