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No asymptomatic students tested positive for Covid-19 during University Christmas testing scheme

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If you feel like you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Stay Safe, Save Lives.

No asymptomatic students at the university tested positive for Covid-19 as part of the pre-Christmas testing scheme.

At the start of December all students were asked to take a voluntary test before returning home for the festive period. 

The test were to make sure students were not positive for the virus so they could return home safely.

In total 2,370 asymptomatic students at the university were tested over 16 days in December, however no students tested positive for Covid.

Students were asked to take two quick turn-around “lateral flow tests”, three days a part. 

The quick tests were all self-administered and results were returned within an hour. 

If both tests were negative students were advised to travel home as soon as possible after the second test. Whereas if an asymptomatic student tested positive they would have had to self-isolate. 

Commenting on the asymptomatic testing programme a Stirling University spokesperson said:

“The uptake of asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for students ahead of the winter break was excellent with 2370 tests conducted over 16 days. No positive tests were detected and we are pleased that we have been able to support students in returning safely to their family homes for the festive period.

The spokesperson added that “by participating in the no symptoms testing programme, and ensuring they have two negative test results before beginning their journey, our students are acting responsibly and in the interests of not only their own health and safety, but that of their family, friends, and the wider public.

The asymptomatic test centre will reactivate early in 2021 to support students returning to campus, in line with the latest Scottish Government and public health guidance.”

The asymptomatic testing was a part of a nationwide scheme to try and reduce the risk of Covid spreading as students moved home for Christmas. 

If you feel like you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Stay Safe, Save Lives.

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