A lovelorn student is setting up a speed dating event – but only for others infected with MUMPS.
Genevieve Hull came up with the idea to alleviate her boredom after being placed under quarantine to combat her own case of mumps.
She caught the viral infection a couple of days ago but had no way to keep herself entertained without putting others at risk, as the infection spreads across the campus.
The ingenious student then came up with the plan to bring together others who are also under quarantine at Durham University to join her in a speed dating event.
Speaking to student website the Tab, Genevieve said: “I’m looking for bored singletons in quarantine to set up a mumps speed dating event with.
“They must attach a photo to be considered eligible.
“I’m incredibly bored and no one will hang out with me because they don’t want mumps, so I thought the only people who would hang out with me are people also with mumps.
“Sadly anyone I know with mumps was able to go home so I wasn’t able to reach anyone I knew and decided the best way would be to reach out to other students.
“I’ve also been watching Love Is Blind on Netflix in my bored quarantined state and thought what if we did the same thing but with mumps, where you speak to people and don’t know what they look like without the mump.
“Then as you get to know them the mump goes down and you decide whether you like them. Both a dating experiment and curing the boredom of those in quarantine.”
She added: “Let’s make laughter the second most infectious thing in the room.”
The third year geopgraphy student has been cooped in her own room and is forced to wear a scarf around her mouth to save her housemates from the affliction.
Genevieve, originally from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: “The first day I was feeling feverish and bad but since then other than the actual bump being a bit painful I feel fine, which is why being in quarantine is so frustrating.
“I got mine from a friend who had it a week before me. My housemates had a rugby match cancelled because apparently lots of the Aidan’s rugby team have it and have heard of quite a few others who have it.
“I’m mainly staying in my room but when I go into the kitchen and cook etc I wear a scarf over my mouth to try not spread it to my housemates.”
Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection that causes severe swelling of the face and neck.
Mumps sufferers will usually have the infection for between 21 and 32 days, but symptoms are only visible after three to seven days.
Cases of mumps in the UK have surged to the highest in decades according to data from Public Health England.
There were 5,042 lab-confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018.