Learning and teaching in the time of COVID-19
The last six months have seen the global landscape change significantly as a result of COVID-19. Not since the early 20th century’s Spanish Influenza pandemic has such a tiny enemy caused so much devastation globally as SARS-CoV-2, with one of the hardest hit sectors being education. The closure of schools and higher education institutions since mid-March has resulted in educators scrambling to prepare for the ‘new-normal’ in learning and teaching at our universities with the pressure on to recover the 2020 academic year. This quest to go online and guide our students through the curriculum remotely has never been more important as it is now. The impact that failure to complete the academic year will have on students is significant, but more importantly, the impact it will have on the health care sector could result in a catastrophe. Failing to support our final year students in pharmacy, nursing, medicine and allied health to the completion of their qualifications will have a knock-on effect that will impact the provision of health care for years to come.