Air Purifiers And Ultraviolet Lights To Be Trialled In Schools To Tackle Covid | TOTUM
Ben Hayward August 15th
2021

The use of air purifiers and ultraviolet lights is to be trialled in schools to try and combat Covid-19, reports suggest. 

According to the i, the trial will assess how air purifiers and ultraviolet light can help slow the transmission of coronavirus and other respiratory diseases in schools.

It will also evaluate how feasible it will be to implement the measures in primary schools, with results expected to be available by the end of the year. 

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Once the results have been analysed and the study made available, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will then consider what steps - if any - to take. 

Conducted by the Centre for Applied Education Research, according to the i’s report, the study will be conducted in 30 schools in Bradford, backed with £1.8 million of funding from the DHSC.

The report outlines that the randomised trial will consist of a third of schools equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, a third with UV purifiers and a third without any equipment to serve as a control group.

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Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive says fog, mist, vapour and ultraviolet treatments ‘may be suitable options to help control the spread of coronavirus and disinfecting a larger space or room’ with he caveat that people using these substances must be ‘competent’ and ‘properly trained’.

There is already some use of UV light and air purifiers to help combat the spread of Covid-19 - Transport for London installed over 200 UV light sanitising devices on escalator handrails across the London Underground in October after a successful six-week trial, while several clubs and gig venues also installed the devices ahead of reopening their doors on July 19th.

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