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2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


UNC students walk on an empty campus on March 5, 2021. Students recount their initial reactions to the country shutting down due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

Two years of COVID-19: A look back on UNC student experiences

Since March 2020, UNC students have experienced a mixture of virtual and in-person learning, as the University has adjusted to providing a college experience during the era of COVID-19. From the class of 2021 to 2025, The Daily Tar Heel spoke to UNC students who reflected on their experiences throughout the last two years of the pandemic in this eight-part look back series.

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The Editorial Board writes how to obtain an at-home COVID-19 test and the accessibility surrounding the process.

Editorial: How to get at-home COVID-19 test kits

"Although these options to obtain a free COVID-19 test are steps forward, they aren’t steps that are large enough. With the rise in omicron cases, it’s imperative that these tests and resources are available to everyone, regardless of geographic, socioeconomic and financial status."

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A ramp leads to the Old Well on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

Column: Disabled people are experts on our own health

"Now, I’m assumed to add so little to my classes that it is perfectly acceptable when I’m not really a part of them. I see campus opening back up and administrators sticking their heads in the sand, and the only decision being delegated to me is whether or not I risk my life to attend my classes. That’s a difficult decision to make."

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Pharmacist and 1995 UNC alumna Sue Patel prepares a syringe with a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in the Friday Center on Chapel Hill.

Column: UNC continues to research omicron as variant spreads

"With research on omicron developing from here on out, new recommendations and policies are likely to emerge to protect the general public from the variant. For the next several weeks, it’s imperative that institutions and individuals take all the measures that they can to prevent the surge from affecting our local communities."

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The Faculty Executive Committee held a special meeting on Dec. 23, 2021 to discuss return-to-campus concerns.

Faculty Executive Committee discusses spring return-to-campus concerns at UNC

The University has no plans to delay the spring semester as of now, Provost Bob Blouin said at a UNC Faculty Executive Committee special meeting Thursday. Any changes to spring semester operations will be announced by Jan. 3, he said. The FEC also discussed concerns about the return to campus amid the rapidly spreading omicron COVID-19 variant, masking protocols and the potential for a vaccine mandate.

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