Following the Covid-19 outbreak in several Scottish universities, hundreds of students were required to isolate themselves in their dormitories.
These include 600 from the University of Glasgow and 500 from Abertay University in Dundee. So, what is it like to isolate yourself in a student apartment?
“My food is almost out”
A student who self-isolated due to a positive case in her student’s family told the BBC that she must adapt quickly.
She said: “Being required to be isolated in the university hall is not the best. It’s not like in your own house. You may have a garden, your own bathroom, and a separate room for work and sleep.”
“Most of the time is spent in my bedroom. It’s great, but it makes me a little frustrated. I get up and walk two steps to my desk. This is my work most of the day.
“We share our bathroom-eight of us have five showers, which is enough, but we designated two for those who tested positive, so we tried to contain the virus in our family.”
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She also said that students need practical help.
“My food is almost running out. I’ve only been here for a week and haven’t opened a large food store. I have used up some of the things I brought to me. This is another pressure.”
She said that the students from her residence had been socializing in other auditoriums before the outbreak and had “mixed out of their families”.
She added that the threat from the college dormitory owner is that anyone who violates the rules may be deported, which is worrying.
She said: “The threat of kicking people out is very severe. We made a decision as a group to take greater responsibility because we knew that if we were kicked out, we had nowhere to go. This might make students Think twice.”
“Rookie Week is great-great”
Robbie Low, a first-year law student, lives in the Murano Street dormitory at the University of Glasgow, which is one of the major outbreaks.
This 18-year-old boy from Edinburgh is sharing an apartment with 9 other people
Two girls in his apartment tested positive. Some others have symptoms and are waiting for test results.
He said: “Freshers Week is good-maybe it is too good now, we see the consequences.
“I arrived on September 14. Monday was the last day for people to mix properly, and then died on that day with the presence of the police.”
He said that a mobile test unit has been set up outside the Murano Concert Hall, but some students have violated the regulations and have gone home.
He said: “Some people in my neighborhood have been taken away by their parents and are now self-isolating at home. But I will not do that.
“I don’t want my parents to be exposed to this virus. We came here to know that this is a possible situation. We all just make sure that we don’t see the vulnerable groups in our family.”
Robbie said it was difficult to separate in his small apartment.
“The kitchen is small-the same size as a five-person apartment, so it is difficult to keep a distance from others in the apartment.”
‘They need personal protective equipment to pee’
The concerned mother Amanda from Argyll maintains regular contact with her 18-year-old daughter, who currently lives in a five-person student apartment in the lobby of Murano.
She and Kaye Adams told BBC Scotland’s “Morning”: “I believe the architect of Murano Hall is known for his prison design. This is a difficult and lonely situation.
“My daughter is the first person in her apartment to test positive, and there is some social stigma about it.”
Amanda’s daughter shares a bathroom and a kitchen with four other people in her apartment, which makes self-isolation difficult.
Amanda said: “She must enter the personal protective equipment to pee. Then she must disinfect everything-flushers, faucets, sinks, door handles, and then return to her small room. This is the last thing you have to do. One thing. I want to do it when I feel rubbish.
She said: “She cannot enter the kitchen at the same time as anyone else, so she goes to the kitchen alone to cook with PPE, again having to disinfect everything-faucets, surfaces, cookware, knives (if used).
“She ran out of fresh fruits and vegetables early on. Now she has dry food in stock. We went to Glasgow with her.”
Amanda also said that washing clothes is a problem, because in the first two weeks of college “not much washing”.
Three of the five freshmen in her apartment have now tested positive for the virus, and the other two are waiting for the results, but they are all self-isolating.
Where are the cases?
The Covid cluster in Glasgow is centered on two dormitories in Murano Street Village and Cairncross. So far, 124 students have tested positive.
The university stated that the actual number of infected students “may be higher” and blamed the social activities at the beginning of the freshman week from September 12 to 14.
It said the affected students can get food and other supplies, and it also provides advice on medical issues, including mental health and well-being.
Elsewhere in Scotland, all 500 residents of Park House in Dundee have been asked to self-isolate until contact tracing of the three confirmed coronavirus cases has been completed.
In Aberdeen, 72 residents of Hillhead Student Village are in self-isolation after students tested positive.
The University of Aberdeen has urged anyone who has attended gatherings or other gatherings since Friday to come forward to help with contact tracking-and promised that if they do so, they will not be punished for violating the guidelines.
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