With UK covid-19 cases on the rise again and back to school just around the corner, experts are asking how we can make our schools and classrooms safer for children. According to The WHO, the virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe the air – so is air purification the key to mitigating the risk of further transmission? We ask a few questions and dig deeper in the advantages…
How safe are schools & classrooms without air purification?
Even before the pandemic arrived in early 2020, a quarter of all schools and classrooms in the UK were considered to have dangerous amounts of pollutants in the air. This is caused by emissions of fine particulate matter, which come from transportation, commercial premises and agriculture, to name a few. More shockingly, research provided by Global Action Plan found that Estimated 3.4m children learn in unhealthy environments.
Tiny pollution particles, called PM2.5, are particularly dangerous as they cause harm to the lungs and pass into the bloodstream which affects many other parts of the body. Children are especially vulnerable, and dirty air has already been linked to increased asthma, obesity and mental disorders in children.
A reduction in air pollution by using greener energy in combination with classroom air purifiers could help keep our children safe and make learning environments clean to work in.
Now that we know about the dangerous levels of pollution in our schools and classrooms, what does that mean for the spread of the virus? And how can schools ensure they’re doing their part to reduce transmission?
Under current guidance, schools should be encouraged to open all windows and promote ventilation where possible to increase the number of air changes in the classroom. Air changes is the process of bringing in fresh air from outside and removing indoor air, which may contain virus particles. However, depending on the school’s location, this may also bring in unwanted pollutants from the outside, which we learned is a major issue in the UK right now. To combat both problems, air purifiers can be used to remove tiny particles in the air (emissions) and the covid-19 virus, depending on the machine and manficature used. The good news is that Mars Purifier are ISO accredited to 14644 and use ultraviolet light to effectively kill bacteria and viruses – thus reducing the risk of transmission and pollutants in the air.
What are the benefits of air purifiers in schools and classrooms?
Fewer Missed School Days
When it comes to absences in schools, most sick days are caused by upper respiratory illnesses. Research proves that poor air quality can cause coughing and sneezing. When children breathe clean air they get sick less often. There have been reports of up to 60% less sick days by improving the classroom IAQ.
Less Allergy And Asthma Attacks
Schools who use Mars Purifiers learned that children started being more energetic.Those who had been normally limited by asthma and allergies also had a higher rate of participation in sport activities.
Better Learning Environment
It goes without saying that teachers and students spend most of the day in their classrooms. It is important to keep these rooms as welcoming as possible. Classroom air purifiers are a huge benefit, as they keep the room regulated and comfortable.
How can Mars Purifier help?
Our selection of air purifiers for schools and classrooms has everything you need to keep your school safe. Take advantage of the latest sterilisation technology and 6 stages of filtration to make the air as clean as possible for your teachers and pupils.
Want to learn more about how our air purifiers can benefit you? Get in touch with us today to learn more.