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How Coronavirus Impacts Schools Reopening

School administrators, faculty, and parents all want the same things for their students. They want to get them back in school learning. Even so, safety concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic remain a top concern for schools across the country. While children have a lower risk of getting COVID-19 than adults, they can bring the virus home with them. This poses a risk to elderly family members and those with underlying health conditions. Teachers and staff remain vulnerable in schools as well. As a result, building engineers, maintenance staff, and other stakeholders face challenges in the ways coronavirus impacts schools this fall. Outdated Mechanical Systems Outdated or underperforming mechanical systems is a big problem facing school reopening plans. A recent study by The Government Accountability Office (GOA) found that more than half of the nation's school districts have outdated building systems. Forty percent of these 13,000 school districts need new or updated HVAC systems in at least half of the schools in their systems. As a result, almost 40,0000 schools across the U.S. face issues of poor ...
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Large Volume HEPA Fights Coronavirus

Indoor air quality has always been a concern for building and facilities managers. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic only highlights the need for safety in the indoor environment. This includes choosing the correct filters and maintaining them. For example, it's recommended that HEPA fights coronavirus the best of all filter products. However, removing contaminated filters is a messy job that exposes building engineers and maintenance staff to potential contamination. Large volume HEPA air filters are an effective way to rid the air of mold, dust, bacteria, and pathogens without requiring staff to change out dirty filters. A variety of facility types use large volume HEPA filtration. This not only includes in hospitals and aircraft cabins, but retail environments, auditoriums, and office settings as well. They are key in preventing the spread of airborne viruses as large volume HEPA fights coronavirus which causes COVID-19. HEPA Fights Coronavirus Air that is free from contamination is important for the health and safety of building occupants. So, large-volume HEPA filtration machines alleviate concerns about indoor air quality. These devices are used in ...
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How Bipolar Ionization Improves IAQ

As facilities and building managers confront the realities of the COVID19 pandemic, better methods and tools become available to keep buildings safe. For instance, increased cleaning and disinfecting schedules limit the risk of infection. Regular maintenance and repairs to HVAC systems keep systems running at top performance. But, real-time, persistent air purification gives building engineers an edge in maintaining good indoor air quality. Therefore, bipolar ionization improves IAQ by attacking and killing airborne viruses within shared spaces. Aerosol Transmission of Coronavirus Understanding how airborne viruses travel is important in limiting their spread. For example, we know coronavirus spreads through the mouth when coughing, sneezing, and talking. Up to 30,000 droplets, invisible to the naked eye, get produced from a single sneeze. These droplets travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. Researchers are now beginning to understand how these droplets attach themselves to aerosols already in the air to create even more risk for staff and building visitors. One study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that coronavirus can live in an aerosol ...
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Creating Healthier Nursing Home Environments

Every sector of the U.S. economy feels the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hardest-hit segment of the population are seniors with people 85 and older facing the greatest risk of severe illness. Many nursing homes find themselves overwhelmed in their efforts to maintain safe environments for seniors in their care. As skilled nursing facilities (SNF) work to keep their residents safe, they also struggle to cope with the financial impact of the virus. To address this crisis, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made more relief funds available to nursing homes. More Relief Funds Available The HHS provides financial help to create healthier nursing home environments. Funding comes through a fixed distribution of $50,000 to each qualifying nursing home. Extra variable distributions of $2,500 per bed are available for SNFs with six or more certified beds. These funds are for use under the terms and conditions set for Provider Relief Fund payments. Nursing homes must remain in compliance with all guidelines and reporting requirements. Nursing facilities can use these funds to receive certification ...
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Healthy Buildings Are Also Sustainable Buildings

For the past several decades, much focus has been put on the design of sustainable buildings. LEED certification is sought after by building owners and facilities managers in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and keep energy costs low. More recently, there has been an increased focus on the effects of the building environment on the health of workers. The goals of building and occupant health are not at odds with each other. Sustainable buildings are healthy buildings. One of the ways to make buildings healthier is by understanding the impact of HVAC systems on indoor air quality. Paying attention to the HVAC design and scheduling regular cleaning, maintenance, and inspections of HVAC systems are essential to improving indoor air quality. Health Impacts to Sustainable Buildings The COVID-19 pandemic has made building occupant safety a priority for building and facilities managers. The threat of airborne pathogens such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and waterborne pathogens such as the Legionella bacteria that cause Legionnaires disease has forced changes in the way we think about the health ...
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