Here we are again; just under a week into Lockdown 2.0. Now more than ever we will need our friends and family to stick by us all to make sure we get through this difficult time of isolation, stress and uncertainty.
Due to a severe shortage of Covid tests, some patients opted for strange measures. The Covid testing site based deep in the Courtown forest, was just one of many strange consequences of the Coronavirus crisis, and gained national news coverage, as the Irish public entered phase two of restrictions. These scam testing sites popped up all across the country, bringing plenty of tourism to previously unheard-of villages, such as Moon Coin.
Concern over how University College Dublin (UCD) will be able to safely bring students back onto campus is growing among the student population, particularly amongst students with disabilities or serious illnesses. When updating students about how teaching will commence on campus during the summer semester, the only reference to these students is that the university is exploring options to protect vulnerable students.
As lockdowns across Europe begin to ease, and with the school year right around the corner, the stress and insecurity of the first few weeks of lockdown may feel further and further away from us now. However, many of our fellow students are still just recovering, or yet to recover, from one of the first and most obvious impacts of the coronavirus: visa cancellations.