Keeping Schools Safe from COVID-19

July 20, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus, it is essential schools create the safest possible environment before students return. One of the ways to do this is to provide a COVID-19 Related Isolation Space for students displaying symptoms. This isolation area is separate from the nurse's office and any other space where routine medical care is provided. In a negatively pressurized space like this, students with symptoms can safely remain isolated until they are picked up.

To best protect students and help prevent the spread of an airborne infection, incorporate negative pressure into the isolation space. With the space negatively pressurized relative to the hallway or area outside, the air and any particles will not be able to escape the room. To prevent further chances of contamination, it is imperative air from isolation rooms is not returned to the building's air supply system.

There are ways to adjust a building's HVAC system to achieve a negative pressure space with safe removal of contaminated air. However, changes to an HVAC system can be complex and expensive. Bringing in a portable unit like the Negative Pressure Air Quality Module allows for faster and more cost-effective conversion of spaces.Negative Pressure Air Quality Module

The Negative Pressure Air Quality Module can easily be brought into COVID-19 Related Isolation Spaces to create a negative pressure, thus preventing contaminated air from escaping into the main nurse's office area. Next, it sterilizes the air with the combination of a HEPA filter and UVC light on the first pass to create the safest possible exhaust. Then it exhausts the cleaned air out of the room instead of recirculating it to minimize the exposure to airborne particles. When combined with Setra's top of the line room pressure monitors, the space will be constantly monitored and a simple red/green light status indicates whether or not the space is safe.

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Topics: Critical Environments