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Lectures Regarding Opening Schools & Childrens' COVID-19 Risks.
  

2020, Nov. 18:  COVID-19: Risks and Solutions For Safe School Systems
Rafael Moure-Eraso, PhD, Massachusetts Teachers Association, from Environmental and Safety Committee discusses the roadblocks teachers have encountered in their quest for safe schools along with the importance of proper planning, PPE, social distancing, and air quality. Health Watch USAsm meeting.  https://youtu.be/tg5GxodZc3c      
    

The Safe Return To Schools and Campuses -- Massachusetts Teachers Association   Download Document
    

2020, Dec. 16:  COVID-19 Spread:  A Role For Air Disinfection
Dr. Edward Nardell, Harvard Medical School - A role for air disinfection.Edward Nardell, MD is a professor at Harvard Medical School and discusses the safety and efficacy of upper room Germicidal UV (GUV) fixtures and compares them to natural, mechanical ventilation and portable room air cleaners. A historical review is given along with the positive impact GUV fixtures have had dating back to cleaning air in schools during the 1942 measles epidemic.  These fixtures can achieve the CDC recommended 6 to 12 complete air exchanges for infectious disease pandemics.  Health Watch USAsm meeting. Video: https://youtu.be/dAJCI0pcVKY   
 

2020, Nov. 18:  COVID-19:  COVID-19: COVID Facility Updates for Public K-12 Schools
Ken Wertz - MFAA - Facility Updates for Public K-12 SchoolsKen Wertz, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association, discusses environmental considerations to make facilities safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The processes of cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing were discussed. The difference between a disinfectant and sanitizer was illustrated with the shift to students eating in classrooms. Before the change, a disinfectant was used to clean classrooms, but after the initiation of this strategy, a safer product, a sanitizer, needed to be used. In addition, pandemic strategies involving heating and air conditioning systems were explained along with the difference between air quality and air flow reports. The latter being of utmost importance in a pandemic. Strategies of air filtration and sanitation using UV Light and bipolar ionization of the air were also discussed. Health Watch USAsm meeting.  https://youtu.be/GvE9LqxzEKM   
       

2020, Aug. 5: COVID-19: Presentation Regarding Children and When To Open Schools.
COVID-19:  Children and Opening of SchoolsDr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USAsm discusses the various presentations of COVID-19 in children, and the risk of childhood transmission to and infections of adults. Current guidance on opening of schools along with international experience on school openings is also discussed. Aug. 5, 2020.  View Video: https://youtu.be/bH2znWXMAdU 

 Articles Regarding Opening Schools & Childrens' COVID-19 Risks.
    

2020, Oct. 29.  Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC's Considerations 
"Obtain consultation from experienced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) professionals when considering changes to HVAC systems and equipment. Some of the recommendations below are based on the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemicexternal icon. Review additional ASHRAE guidelines for schools and universities" 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html
 
 
2020, Oct.  School Daze: COVID-19 Spreads Fear, Confusion:

"Opening schools should depend upon low rates of viral spread in the community, widespread testing, rigorous following of public health guidelines, and upgrading the physical infrastructure of our buildings. Our schools are anything but healthy buildings. Concerns have existed for decades regarding both the air quality and the crowded conditions our children are exposed to. COVID-19 should be viewed as an opportunity for transformation, allowing us to build a better school system with smaller class sizes for better education and implement strategies to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases"  Infection Control Today Oct 2020. (Page 28)   References     Download Article

   

2020, Aug. 10:  Infection Preventionists Might be Needed in Schools
Similar to our healthcare system as a whole, COVID-19 is shedding a light on deficiencies and the dearth of personal safeguards in our schools. Let us not forget, schools are a nidus for spreading the flu and other diseases. Opening schools should depend upon low rates of viral spread in the community, widespread testing, rigorous following of public health guidelines and upgrading the physical infrastructure of our buildings. COVID-19 should be viewed as an opportunity for transformation, allowing us to build a better school system with smaller class sizes for better education and implement strategies to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.  Infection Control Today.  Aug. 10, 2020.

  
Radio Shows Regarding Opening Schools & Childrens' COVID-19 Risks.
       

2020, Nov. 21:  COVID-19:  Opening Schools
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USAsm discusses the closing of schools and what needs to be done for reopening. Including better ventilation and sanitation of air, PPE, pool testing of students and teachers. In addition, we need to invoke the defense production act to produce needed PPE and testing supplies. We need better and consistent messaging from our leaders along with everyone following public health advice. Travel and the upcoming holidays are especially problematic. Jeff Santos Show. Nov. 21, 2020.  (22:00) https://youtu.be/9vL0Q1nOkLQ    
 

2020, July 30:  COVID-19:  Opening Schools.
Governor Michael Dukakis, Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, Melissa Tomlinson, David Palelogous discuss the complexities of opening schools.   The need to lower community infection rates and modification of a school's infrastructure are of utmost importance.  Concerns exist over the safety of teachers along with that of parents as new research shows risks of infections from children.   Jeff Santos Show.    (Two Segments a Total of 30 mins.) 
https://soundcloud.com/ron-crider/73020-hr-3-gov-dukakis-dr-kavanaugh-melissa-tomlinson-david-palelogous 
https://soundcloud.com/ron-crider/73020-hr-3-gov-dukakis-dr-kavanaugh-melissa-tomlinson-david-palelogous-1 
  

2020, July 16: COVID-19: Spiking Cases and School Openings
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USAsm discusses the spiking cases in the Southern United States and the current discussion on whether or not to reopen classroom teaching. Jeff Santos Show.  (21:54)  https://youtu.be/eo8j1Rf2pCI