googled for deets and found:
"The relevant part of the University (Floor 4 of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute), and the lifts in TBSI, have been closed as a precautionary measure and will be cleaned in accordance with HSE guidelines. The rest of the University is open and operating as normal.”
Most of the similar reports have shown a picture of the iconic Front of Trinity:
I know rather more than I should about this because I used to work there up until the end of 2012 and was having occasional meetings and teaching gigs up until about 2015. Right up-close-and-personal there: on the 4th Floor of the TBSI in TCD! Around about the time I ran out of TCD money and had to get a proper job at The Institute, a palomino left the same lab with a PhD to try the commercial world of research in MegaPharm.
I sent him an ironic e-mail "We escaped just in time"
To which he replied "My great timing! I was there yesterday!
The TCD Postdoc Society organised a careers day and they wanted people who managed to escape to industry. I dropped by the 4th floor to say hi, to the old lab. The sick guy is from XXXX's lab. Today when I got to work I was told to get my laptop and work from home. No good deed goes unpunished!"
That helped me zero in on the perp to the extent that my old lab-mates were not in the front line of Assault by CoViD . . . or at least it will be a few days before they go symptomatic. I was tickled by the idea that they would be doing a blitz on the lifts. When I worked there I never used them! I couldn't countenance the carbon footprint of raising me up without any effort on my part: like a balloon. On the stair front, I don't do trudge, so I always run up t'buggers . . . and am utterly out of puff on landing. This story gives me a further reason to be lift-smug because CoViD emphasises that these vehicles are a perfectly designed incubator / propagator for spittle-borne infections.
Another of my TCD contacts is the lab manager for another of the laboratories on Floor 4 and I commiserated with her about the task ahead. De-contaminating a movable box with six clear, cleanable surfaces is imaginably 'easy' - just get in and souse the surfaces in bleach or fill the box with ozone. Cleaning a lab full of drawers, cupboards, shelves - all laden with bottles, beakers, plastic and metal gizmos and biological materials: that sounds like a nightmare unless you're going torch the whole place and have all your Effectives start their experiments again.
Trinity is a big business; with 2,600 employees and 18,000 students. They can't [yet] close down the whole place for one case, they have to be proportionate. This weekend several plane-loads of Italians are coming in to Dublin because they had tickets for the [cancelled] Ireland vs Italy six-nations rugger match. Insurance won't refund your money if you choose not to fly, and what's not to like about the prospect of a weekend mooching around Dublin without the distraction of the sporting fixture? It's going to be impossible to be up-to-date with CoViD19, so The Blob isn't even going to try. But it was hard to resist a comment on this chapter.
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