There are just over 40 days left until the school year starts again Campania, the third of the Covid era, and still little or nothing has changed on the measures to be taken to limit the risk of coronavirus infection inside classrooms. The guidelines for the optimization of the air quality in the school environment, drawn up by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and referring to specific experts to be identified within each school (but to date practically non-existent), assume responsibility for the management of Covid in schools on the Headmasters’ shoulders. A situation of great uncertainty, which risks having consequences on the public health front and on infections when schools reopen.
Precisely to meet the needs of schools, the Italian Society for Environmental Medicine (SIMA) has decided to mobilize by launching Campania the campaign “Adopt a school” – aimed at companies and private citizens who want to provide the regional public institutes with technologies to improve indoor air quality for free – and make all the skills of the experts in their own scientific committee: doctors, epidemiologists, biologists, chemists , physicists, engineers, mathematicians, technologists, etc.
“SIMA intends to provide school leaders Campania more detailed information useful in deciding on the types and sizes of classroom air quality improvement devices – he explains Alessandro Miani, President of SIMA – In practice, every school in the region can contact our scientific community to express its interest in searching for partner companies willing to provide for free (for public institutions) or at production costs (for peer schools) technologies useful for to improve the parameters of indoor air quality and therefore to reduce the risk of infection from Covid-19 among students and teachers. SIMA will act as a guarantor to schools for the quality of technologies and devices provided by companies and individuals who decide to adopt a school”.
“SIMA’s studies have quantified the risk of getting Covid-19 in values below 1% where CO2 levels equal to or lower than 700 ppm (parts per million) are maintained – adds Miani – The researchers in our scientific committee developed a risk classification scheme (low to very high) with a visualization system based on the colors of the traffic lights. Each risk level corresponds to a series of actions to be implemented to ensure adequate ventilation of the indoor air in the classrooms: variation of opening hours and frequency of doors and windows, changes in the layout of the classrooms (number of students occupied ), as well as changes related to buildings such as the implementation of mechanical ventilation systems and/or air purification devices”.
To date, we have already collected many memberships from companies that want to contribute to a safe reopening of the school year, including: Bromance, Hyla, GH Entetprise, SDP Italia, Vortice, Befreest, Emtesys, who have already provided hundreds of devices to the air. purification (DFS technology; water filter), ethanol-based titanium dioxide photocatalytic coatings, smart CO2 monitoring devices (PAS and NDIR sensors) and mechanized ventilation systems, but we are only at the beginning and we rely on the generosity of many others because each of us have children or grandchildren of school age – says SIMA.
The school leaders in Campania interested in requesting the “adoption” of their own school to improve indoor air quality and companies and individuals who intend to join the initiative launched by SIMA can write to: email@example.com