After a non-traditional summer spent socially distancing from friends and loved ones, the question of returning to schools this fall has been at the forefront of the conversation. Schools opening for in-person learning must consider a number of factors in safeguarding learning environments to help prevent viral transmission indoors. One key area of focus is the management of indoor air quality.
This week, the NYC Department of Education selected Delos to provide Air Purification Solutions for NYC public schools in response to Covid-19. The City School District of the City of New York is the largest school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students taught in more than 1,800 separate schools. The New York City Department of Education will install 10,000 air purification units prior to the first day of school.
“Delos CEO Paul Scialla on providing air purifiers for NYC public schools”
“For more than eight years, Delos has fostered research collaborations with leading medical institutions, including a collaboration with Mayo Clinic on the Well Living Lab, the first human-centered research facility dedicated to researching the indoor environment’s impact on human health,” said Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos and Founder of the International WELL Building Institute. “We’re pleased to bring this research into practice to help the New York City public schools keep students, teachers, staff and the broader community safer.”
The decision to partner with Delos was made in response to the mounting evidence suggesting that small aerosolized particles that may carry SARS-CoV-2 can remain suspended in air and can persist indoors in aerosol form for up to several hours.
Many experts consider air purification systems to be a critical approach to reducing transmission rates in indoor spaces, as they help reduce the number of airborne particles that may be carrying the virus. The “Delos Powered by Healthway” air purification units are able to capture ultrafine particles and can reduce the number of particles that carry airborne bacteria and viruses.
Particulate matter (PM), a common air pollutant, is a combination of both solid and liquid particles found in the air. While certain premium home air filtration units are able to remove airborne pollutants down to 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5) and high-end HEPA filters are able to capture particles down to 0.3 microns (PM0.3), these filters are not very efficient at filtering out airborne particles as small as SAR-CoV-2 (which ranges from 0.06-0.14 microns). The Delos Powered by Healthway air purification units are portable, standalone units with technology that filters out particles as small as 0.007 microns, at 99.97% efficiency.