Covid-19 cases will likely rise this fall and early winter. According to the recent Washington Post opinion article “Covid-19 cases will likely rise again in the fall. Here’s how to keep schools open.” by Joseph G. Allen and Michael Mina, closing schools would be a mistake. School closures are unnecessary now that we have vaccinations, a better understanding of Covid-19, and other safeguards available.
Any potential Covid-19 surge this fall and winter won’t be as drastic as last year; however, possible surges will be worse in communities with low vaccination rates. Two methods can help keep schools open this school year:
- Daily rapid testing – These tests can determine who is infectious in one minute, resulting in more effective quarantining and less unnecessary isolation time for students.
- Ventilation and filtration system upgrades – Building commissioning (Cx) services assess and optimize existing systems. There are multiple, cost-effective ways to provide better ventilation, including updating current systems, maximizing fresh airflow, and using portable air purifiers with HEPA filters.
EEI’s Cx experts can help! EEI has over 35 years of experience conducting and customizing facility assessments. Our Facility Health Assessments evaluate HVAC Systems for health and safety risks. We have also been conducting Indoor Air Quality evaluations long before Covid-19 to reduce the spread of diseases and sick building syndrome.
EEI focuses our assessments on a comprehensive understanding of schools’ existing mechanical systems, determining transmission risk level, and providing system improvement recommendations that will reduce transmission risk. Our assessments follow a science-based approach based on the advice of organizations such as ASHRAE, ASHE, IES, OSHA, and the CDC.
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June 04, 2021