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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Boston University COVID-19 Report: February 1

  1. Dr. Platt states that “We will not have mask mandates and regular testing in place forever.” Define “forever”. Especially in light of the letter that the MA Secretary of Education and Secretary of Health and Human Services sent to University Presidents and Leadership across the state. Even the State is looking for colleges and universities to ease up. BU absolutely should. Of course, the new mayor of Boston needs to be told to Ease Up, as well. We are vaccinated and boosted here; we have done our parts to protect ourselves and colleagues by get the shots. We should not have to continue to be subjected to walking around in masks and having to submit to weekly Asymptomatic tests. It is overwhelming and it Just Too Much. Enough is Enough.

    1. Totally agree. We ‘ve done our part, even taking a risk without any clear benefit that we shouldn’t –> booster shots!
      It’s time to ditch masks!

  2. The only important/interesting question:

    “Is there an objective endpoint to any of the existing mandates? … Or is it just the subjective feeling of themselves and whoever else is in charge of making these decisions?”

    Dr. Platt goes on to say, sure there’s a bunch of metrics we’re looking at, not going to tell you what they are or what the thresholds for success are. The grad student was right; all they operate on are just feelings. She says it all with this line:

    “Even if we get to a certain percent positivity in the number of cases, we don’t want to lose sight of certain preventative measures that have been important to members of our community.”

    Basically, our COVID protocols are making some people feel better, so we’re just going to keep them around until these people stop kicking and screaming. I’m still going to hold out hope that the adults in the room step up and stop catering to the lowest common denominator, but it’s honestly not looking good.

  3. To the angry commenters here just remember that your *discomfort* of testing and wearing masks means ensuring others’ *safety*. Safety has to be more important than comfort.

    This isn’t just about you – it’s about all of us. Let’s all do our part to keep everyone safe.

    1. It’s not a surprise to me that the mask-for-ever cult considers the plea for a return to normal life, as some form of comfort. Well, yes. We want to have the “comfort” to have a normal life, see each other’s smiles and faces again and we will not succumb to your irrational fears.

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