Experts Warn Poor Air Quality in Schools Could Lead to Coronavirus Outbreaks
March 17, 2021
Health experts are worried about poor air quality in schools. The fear is that schools may see an increase in COVID-19 cases once they fully reopen. The air quality in school gyms is of particular concern to CDC officials that are urging schools to improve their indoor air quality after several people contracted the coronavirus in a campus gym. The concern over the potential virus spread through schools is twofold. Studies are showing that while school-age kids are primarily asymptomatic, they can still spread the virus to other adults in the community. Schools are taking measures to prevent the virus’s spread. Masks are required by students and teachers, along with social distances. While these protocols do slow the disease’s spread, poor indoor air quality in the schools is still a major concern.
Improving indoor air quality is not just a school concern. In Improving Ventilation Effectives and Dose Reduction of PM 2.5, we take a deep-dive into understanding particle matter, mitigating PM 2.5 through dose reduction, as well as reviewing a case study. It is a must read for anyone concerned with their indoor air quality.
CDC Recommendations for Poor Air Quality in Schools
Poor air circulation is a problem in most U.S. schools, according to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University, Richard Corsi. The dean goes on to say that the CDC does need to supply more guidance to the schools. While schools understand poor air circulation is a health risk, they do not have the guidance they need to improve their indoor air quality. Current guidelines from the CDC cover social distancing and indoor mask–wearing, but it only mentions the importance of improving air quality and circulation. Especially in improving the air quality in school gyms.
While the CDC has not covered indoor air quality in our schools, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE) has released a set of guidelines to help schools reopen safely. We have broken down the report with infographics in; Classroom Air Purifiers – Keeping Our Children Safe.
Schools Left to Improve Air Quality on Their Own
Schools are being left behind by the CDC. Their guidance starts and ends with mask-wearing and staying at least 6 feet apart. When it comes to poor air quality and circulation, schools are left to figure it out on their own. It is a lapse from the CDC, and hopefully, more guidelines are released as schools start to fully go back to in-person learning. Until then, professional services like those offered by Action Services Group can help schools improve their indoor air quality. In turn, it also helps protect the health of students and the community. For more information on improving your school’s indoor air quality and circulation without costly HVAC upgrades, call 610-558-9773 or email [email protected]. You can also schedule a call by clicking the button below.
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