Don't ever let anyone tell you that the scientific method is dead. After more than a year of bottling kids up in homes, keeping them glued to computer screens, shutting down playgrounds, and forcing them to wear heavy cloth face coverings while outdoors, experts have finally made a breakthrough discovery in the field of epidemiology, according to CNN:
You can just picture it: The experts hunched over a paper-strewn desk, scribbles and fragments of equations everywhere, no end to the mystery in sight... and then, finally, one of them gasps, stands up on the desk, throws his N95 mask into the air and shouts, "Eureka! It's fresh air!"
So what are parents doing with this newfound "bombshell" of a report?
Jennifer Nuzzo is both a mom and a health expert. Worried about sending her young son to in-person school last year, she settled on one of the few things she could control.
She bought a portable air cleaner for her son's classroom.
That's definitely an option. Some other possible options: Opening a few windows and putting a couple of box fans in them; getting students outside for more than seven minutes a day; allowing students to play outdoors without wearing cotton strips over their faces.
Studies also show that better air quality improves students' test performance and cognitive function, he said.
Oh wow, really?? Who knew?
Filtered or fresh air is not a substitute for masks and certainly no substitute for vaccination, but it's another way to help protect people stuck indoors for hours from breathing in the virus, said Joseph Allen, who directs the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Here's another reminder that you could also just homeschool your kids and solve this problem (and like 3,500 problems with modern education) in one fell swoop.
Or you could buy a portable air cleaner. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
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