Schools have started back up again but Covid-19 is still a serious threat in America. Schools are taking precautions to protect their students like masks, plastic barriers, and social distancing. Vaccine rates are increasing yet the delta variant of Covid-19 is still prevalent. We are adapting to the new normal of being wary of airborne illnesses, air filtration that can trap and kill viruses, like the TRI-KLEEN 500UV, is another level of protection that can protect you and your loved ones in indoor spaces.

Students and educators have been hit hard by the pandemic. Many students struggled to have access to the proper resources to adequately online learn and have missed out on valuable social interaction. Studies have shown that in-person learning is tremendously more effective than remote learning for children’s educational growth, according to Johns Hopkins. Bringing students back into school safely is crucial during this time in their lives.

Schools have made many steps to keep their students safe but, as we learn more about the Covid-19 virus, we must change our protocols. Research from Johns Hopkins University describes how daily “deep cleanings” that many schools have implemented are disruptive and not as effective for slowing the spread of Covid -19 as proper ventilation. Surface transmission is not a major driver of the spread of Covid-19, however airborne transmission is the main way Covid-19 spreads.

Many U.S. schools were built decades ago and lack proper HVAC units. The addition of portable air filtration can help keep students safe without costly repairs. Before Covid-19 was even introduced, indoor air quality was an issue plaguing students and teachers. Being in classrooms with poor air quality can lead to more illnesses, absences, and allergic reactions according to the EPA. According to Johns Hopkins University, a 2017 review of ventilation problems in schools found that ventilation rates in classrooms fell far short of minimum ventilation rates outlined in ASHRAE standards for air quality. Students are in school to learn, the last thing that they should be worried about is the quality of their air.

The concentration of viral particles is much greater in indoor spaces than outside. Creating consistent air circulation in a closed room is crucial for the health and safety of its occupants. The CDC recommends schools utilize outdoor classes and lunches whenever possible. That is a tall order when dealing with young school children and the changing weather, so the best way to keep them safe is effective indoor air filtration.

The CDC also recommends choosing a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter when deciding on an air filtration system. HEPA filters are effective for filtering particles as small as 0.03 microns. Air filters are consistently cleaning the air, the TRI-KLEEN 500UV provides hospital-grade protection and completes five to six air changes per hour in a 1000 sq ft room. It operates as quietly as the average computer, so you won’t even hear it eliminating the airborne contaminants around you.

Many air filtration systems only filter the virus out of the air and trap it in the filters. This puts the person changing the filter at risk because the virus isn’t being destroyed. UV-C germicidal filtration is crucial when dealing with a deadly virus like Covid-19 because it completely kills the virus. The TRI-KLEEN 500UV comes equipped with three levels of protection, a prefilter, HEPA main filter, and a UV-C germicidal bulb. Providing its users with three levels of protection from airborne contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and mold.

Even in uncertain times like these, we should be working towards providing our students and teachers the ability to safely learn in schools. Covid-19 has stressed the need to keep the air that we breathe clean. Masks, hand hygiene, and physical distancing alone are not enough, proper air filtration can make the difference that we need to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The TRI-KLEEN 500UV provides three layers of hospital-grade protection to give users peace of mind about the air around them.

Sources:

UV Lights and Lamps: Ultraviolet-C Radiation, Disinfection, and Coronavirus | FDA

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools | CDC

20210526-school-ventilation.pdf (centerforhealthsecurity.org)

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools: Preventive Maintenance Guidance Documents | US EPA