When it comes to reducing the spread of COVID, ventilation is often an afterthought. But cleaner air needs to be front and centre of our COVID mitigation strategy. Here’s why.
An air scrubber in a classroom at the E.N. White School in Holyoke, Mass.
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A lot of federal money is now available for making school buildings healthier. Two environmental health experts explain how school districts can best use it.
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New Zealand has done better than most countries by taking decisive action at the start of the COVID pandemic. Now is the time to build on this with a science-based strategy to manage the next stages.
The National Construction Code has no minimum ventilation requirements for schools, aged care institutions, pubs, restaurants and health-care facilities.
Generators should not be used in confined and poorly ventilated spaces.
The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches or dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, tiredness, chest and stomach pains and visual problems.
A do-it-yourself air purifier in use in a classroom.
3D printers got a lot of attention when DIYers leapt to action to address equipment shortages early in the pandemic, but some everyday items found in hardware stores played a big role, too.
While public health measures in schools and hospitals aim to reduce COVID transmission, people with disability who have support workers in their homes have largely been forgotten.
A worker is seen cleaning surfaces inside a long-term care home.
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Residents of group homes and long-term care are at high risk for COVID-19. But an important aspect has been left out of Public Health Ontario’s guidance for these facilities: indoor air quality.
The UK’s need for building cooling is set to grow significantly.
As the UK warms, the government needs to pay more attention to sustainably and efficiently cooling buildings.
The NSW and Victorian government say they’re providing schools with adequate options for ventilation, including air filters. But schools can’t take proper action without monitoring air quality.
Avoid poorly ventilated parts of the building if you can. And always wear a mask when you open your door.
The term ‘intubation’ is used when experts talk about treating patients with severe COVID-19. But this medical term doesn’t explain the traumatic procedure involved.
OzSAGE brings together infectious disease and public heath experts, engineers, architects, economists and social scientists. Its first recommendations deal with ventilation and the measures that will have to accompany widespread vaccination.
Most kids will be unvaccinated if schools in the two largest states re-open in term 4. There may still be community transmission, but there are measures we can take to shield kids from the virus.
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Low-cost air-ventilation systems have been installed in many classrooms across the U.S. to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
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Air-ventilation upgrades have been badly needed in U.S. classrooms since long before the pandemic. Low-tech filtration systems that cost about the same as a textbook per student can make a big difference.
A$50 million could provide all NSW school classrooms with air purifiers with HEPA filters. This pales compared to the roughly $220 million-a-day cost of Sydney’s lockdown.
With evidence showing the COVID virus is airborne, it’s no coincidence many outbreaks in schools have occurred in winter – when windows are closed.
People suffering from long-term effects of COVID-19 face uncertainty about the nature of their symptoms and how long they might last.
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Researchers are piecing together clues to better understand the puzzling array of symptoms in those who never seem to fully recover from COVID-19.
We found two small air cleaners in a single hospital room could clear 99% of potentially infectious COVID aerosols within 5.5 minutes.