Jerusalem schools to test anti-COVID air filtration system

Selected Jerusalem schools will be the first to test a new anti-COVID air filtration system, the municipality announced earlier this week.

Educational institutions in Jerusalem were selected by the ministries of Health and Education to lead the study, which aims to see if such systems reduce the spread of the virus in classrooms.

“The Jerusalem municipality is pioneering again,” the ministry said in a statement.

During previous waves, when the weather turned colder and windows had to be closed, children contracted the virus as a result of droplets sprayed by other students with whom they were in close contact and from the air, especially during prolonged stays indoors. .

About 500 kits will be placed in select classrooms across the city. Participating schools will receive a series of filters that will be placed in some classrooms. Classrooms from the same schools that do not receive filters will serve as a control group.

Fifth grade students returned to school today at Alomot Elementary School in Efrat, where religious and secular students study together. The high school kids went back to school today after a few weeks of learning from home. February 21, 2021 (Credit: GERSHON ELINSON / FLASH90)

The installation and control of the devices will be carried out by one of the five companies selected by the Ministries of Health and Education for the test; the ministries are supervising the whole experiment.

A spokeswoman for the municipality said she was not sure specifically which filters would be installed, although the municipality emphasized that the filtration system does not carry any risk.

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