Universities up and down the country could postpone freshers’ weeks and shut down areas on campus if the swine flu pandemic worsens in September, according to the Guardian.
Universities are preparing emergency plans to shut down parts of their campuses in order to slow down the spread of the virus.
Almost two million students are expected to return to their courses this fall, possibly aiding the spread of infection. Contingency ideas mooted were podcasting lectures and quarantining infected students in halls of residence.
Should swine flu take a stranglehold on the population, university staffing levels could be drastically affected, bringing universities to their knees. Since the UK’s first confirmed case in later April there have been 31 deaths here. Health Secretary Andy Burnham said in a statement earlier this month that “we could see over 100,000 cases per day by August”.
The University of Lincoln is not taking any major action yet. “We are writing to all enrolling students advising them what to do if they suspect they have swine flu and that they will be able to enroll later on if they have symptoms and so have to stay at home. This is so that we can minimise the spread of infection,” a University of Lincoln spokeswoman told The Linc.
“We will also be working with the Students’ Union to provide information and advice to students when they are here, for example the importance of having “flu buddies” who can pick up medication and supplies if you fall ill,” the spokeswoman added.
The University of Lincoln Students’ Union has also posted a swine flu notice on their website in association with the university.Tweet