The pandemic which has arrived in India relatively later, appears to be intensifying now. The closure of schools since lockdown which has not been reversed yet, has paved the way for remote learning which has introduced a new dimension to pedagogy with the help of distinct digital devices. Now, with the loss in academics minimized, the main concern that remains for teachers is regarding the safety of students and themselves when the schools reopen.
Several measures are being taken to prepare for social distancing guidelines and signage but one of the measures that cannot be omitted is ensuring clean and healthy environments throughout the educational facilities.
The need to ensure clean air circulation stems from the fact regarding an open letter to WHO by 239 experts from every part of the country claiming that coronavirus may also transmit through the air, which increases the risk factor. The strong evidence which is cited is significant and points towards the fact that the virus can be spread through aerosolization in indoor environments.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has come up with suggestions on what school officials can do to manage the risk. As per the CDC, there exists a clear link between the time taken to remove the pathogen based diseases from air and the time at which air changes per hour.
How can we increase the air circulation within an enclosed area? This is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) comes in to automate the process and implement equipment to assess the air circulation in the building.
Artificial Intelligence helps in mitigating the spread of pathogens saving people from inhaling contaminated air that can cause severe health crises.
The Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC) technology is the best solution that uses fresh air from outdoors to provide high indoor air quality. HVAC air purifiers unlike ordinary filters not only remove dust particles but bacteria and viruses from the air circulated through a building’s space
These would be great in a school environment as children are more prone to respiratory problems and these devices help to filter harmful particles from the air and offer a germ free space for students to learn attentively.
Besides HVAC equipment there are many other solutions that can be added to a building’s infrastructure to fight against COVID-19 but the need of the hour is to execute value-added strategies for quick solutions so that buildings can provide with safe and healthy air to their occupants.
Apparently, many measures need to be introduced to arrest the spread of the virus which results in a clean and safe building environment. The key to a healthy environment is proper fresh air management that acts as a breather for people present in pedagogical space.
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