‘What truth are we hearing’: Sussex University criticised on Twitter over coronavirus response
People have taken to Twitter to vocalise their concerns for the lack of information Sussex are providing students
Over the past two weeks, the University of Sussex has been contacting students via email and informing them on the current situation with coronavirus on campus.
Last week, The Sussex Tab broke the news that a second individual associated with the University had tested positive for coronavirus. Then, following on from this news, five other students were revealed to be in self-isolation in their off-campus student house after one had tested positive for coronavirus.
Since the first suspected coronavirus diagnosis on campus, the University of Sussex have been receiving backlash for their response to the coronavirus outbreak. Since, they have released information on the student union website which they request students refer to before contacting the University for more information.
In recent days people have taken to Twitter to criticise Sussex for the way they are handling the outbreak. Here are some of the responses.
‘Best course of action is to do absolutely FUCK ALL about this’
Sussex student: tests positive for corona virus and is now in isolation with their 4 flatmates even though they probably weren’t in isolation during the 2 week incubation period
Sussex uni: well I’m sure the best course of action is to do absolutely FUCK ALL about this
— matthew (@matthewolrab) March 11, 2020
‘It’s been days and you’ve told us nothing’
@SussexUni love that my uni is neglecting to tell us what the outcome was with the suspected corona virus on campus. It’s been days and you’ve told us nothing. Would be helpful to know so we can act accordingly
— freckled BMT (@MaddyWilR) February 13, 2020
‘My sister goes to your uni and has serious underlying health issues’
@SussexUni bit ridiculous that we have still heard nothing on the suspected Corona virus case? My sister goes to your uni and has serious underlying health issues and is therefore having to miss her now third day because no one seems to know anything?!
— Bekah. (@BekahHalsey) February 13, 2020
‘Close down Sussex University till this coronavirus threat is over in Brighton’
@SussexUni What are you hiding from public by not giving out any information regarding suspected case of coronavirus in your university ?? worried parents & students want more information from you . Close down Sussex university till this coronavirus threat is over in Brighton
— Harpi Kam (@Hbhand) February 12, 2020
‘At least we’ll die in our prime’
here’s how katie repsonds to the news that a sussex uni student has the corona virus pic.twitter.com/UesJhktJkQ
— shana (@shanarung) February 10, 2020
‘What truth are we hearing’
There is nothing like real life people and real life rules. My partner is at Sussex Uni and witnessed the hazmat extraction of the student showing Corona symptoms. What truth are we hearing?
— Darryl Still (@daxvondrac) February 11, 2020
‘You have students that you sent to foreign Universities who are concerned…please can you offer support’
@SussexUni @SusxUniStudents Sussex Uni you have students that you sent to Foreign Unis who are concerned when they studies are being curtailed and domestics students are going home they are stranded and isolated please can you offer support #coronavirus
— Nick Graham (@gunnerng) March 12, 2020
‘Can’t get any advice beyond wash hands’
Getting slightly more concerned about Coronavirus now. I have 2 preexisting conditions and we have 4 uni students upstairs from Sussex where someone has tested positive today. Can’t get any advice beyond’wash hands’ 😬
— noddy (@noddynoo) March 9, 2020
‘Why are you not updating students and staff?’
@SussexUni why are you not updating students and staff on coronavirus situation?
— Jonathon (@Jonatho44805282) February 13, 2020
We have approached the University for comment.