Schools face significant healthy air challenges and need portable air purifiers during this second wave of Covid-19. While remote learning may be a prudent short-term measure, schools will eventually have to open their doors. IndoorDoctor wants to help do that safely.
Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health’s Healthy Buildings program issued a report in June 2020 indicating that portable air purifiers are one step to safely opening school doors. Joseph Allen, director of the program, “You can turn any building into a healthy building with just a little attention.” An August 19th 2020 Boston Globe article also cites how critical purified air is to reducing the transmission of Covid-19. Portable air purifiers are a simple, effective risk reduction strategy.
New and/or improved HVAC systems—which many schools invested in over the summer—are not equipped to filter out viruses such as Covid-19. While HVAC systems help with fresh air exchanges, they do not contain the HEPA and/or HEGA filtration of medical grade air purifiers, which capture viruses below the 0.125 micon level.
Imagine the coronavirus as a smoke cloud: like a ceiling fan, an HVAC system would eventually move the air enough to exchange it, but this process could take up to an hour in a classroom setting. Portable air purifiers filters do this at least twice as quickly—meaning clean, virus-cleaned air will turn over at twice the rate of an HVAC system.
Portable air purifiers are a tangible way for parents, teachers and staff to have peace of mind in a school setting. Investing in this type of personal protective equipment (PPE) for students and staff signals administrator’s attention to expert opinions about how to keep building safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Additionally, portable air purifiers also reduce non-virus allergens and airborne particles that cause people to sneeze/cough. They are quiet and do not disrupt learning.
IndoorDoctor recommends that every classroom, common area, and office have a medical grade air purifier. To ensure these purifiers filter below coronavirus level (0.125micron), we recommend two specific brands: Austin Air and the FilterQueen Defender. IndoorDoctor also offers on-site air quality, and quality assurance testing for diagnostic and peace of mind purposes.