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Using Air Cleaners Correctly

Using Air Cleaners Correctly

Now that APS has started to deliver 1,450 portable air cleaners to classrooms, we have a few tips for any teachers or staff trying to figure out where to place them.   When positioning the air purifiers in the classroom: A single air cleaner should ideally be placed centrally. If several purifiers are installed, the instruments should be...

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The VDH is reporting the first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox, now known as “mpox,” in Virginia. The patient was an adult resident of the Eastern Health Region of Virginia. Read more:

Bring on the fresh air! There are several ways to improve ventilation in your home:
1️⃣ Open doors & windows (if safe to do so)
2️⃣ Set your HVAC fan to “on” instead of “auto” when you have visitors
3️⃣ Use a portable HEPA filter/air purifier
Learn more at ...

Why then is @ArlingtonVA closing down vaccination programs?

NYC #COVID19 #vaccine efforts = HUGE success:
"The #vaccination campaign averted an est'ed $27.96 billion in health care [costs] & 315,724 potential yrs of life lost.
The net savings were $51.77 B.
Every $1 invested in vax yielded savings of $10.19..."

But I was told the pandemic is over

Recently I mentioned anecdata: big surge in people I personally knew who were testing positive for Covid.

Here is @EricTopol with some actual info.

Agree entirely on his point about *cases* being underreported, because of home testing.

The people now ending up in the ICU with covid are those who've had it before. Some were hospitalized before, others had a "mild" illness that damaged their lungs. People come in with non-covid issues and end up on the vent with a peep of 18 and a paralytic because of the damage.

Wow! Amazing response to CO2 monitor lending programs in British Columbia.

Kids should not be dying of preventable diseases.

Honestly, no one should be dying of preventable diseases.

But if we don't care about kids, it really says something especially bad about us as a society, doesn't it?

A precious young life ended much too soon. So extremely sad. A scholarship fund has been set up.

"He adored his teachers and classmates at Saint James School," the parents of Christopher Hoynes Louloudakis write. "In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Christopher Louloudakis Memorial Scholarship Fund."

MORE: via @DignityMem

#Virginia is one of the states with the worst #influenza rates RIGHT NOW.

Only 28% of Virginians got a flu shot, VDH reports. The achievable goal is 70%.

We are in a really bad place this year, right NOW.

New @EPAresearch (Holder, @bahannahphone, Virtaranta) study evaluating DIY air cleaner performance with #wildfire smoke. #CorsiRosenthalBox is most effective design and lowest cost per CADR (for both initial and operating cost) @JimRosenthal4 @CorsIAQ

APS facilities problems cause a school closure.

La escuela intermedia Dorothy Hamm está cerrada hoy, viernes 2 de diciembre. El cierre se debe a los impactos de una fuga de agua que han afectado tanto al agua como a la calefacción del edificio.

COVID hospitalization data on @CDCgov's tracker posted overnight shows admissions now climbing in wake of Thanksgiving across the country

Among seniors 70+ years old, the rate thru Nov 28 is now up 19.6% relative to the week prior

Excellent, evidence-based standards from Canada that will massively reduce air-transmitted illness spreading in schools and other places. #CleanTheAir

@APSFacilities, @SuptDuran, @APSVaSchoolBd — adopt a policy for QUALITY air standards in new buildings. Don’t blow $250-million

The @O_S_P_E Indoor Air Quality Advisory Group has published 3 documents:
- 6 Core Recommendations for Safer Indoor Air
- Face Coverings Guidance
- How COVID-19 Spreads

These documents can be found here:

Here's an overview 🧵

Disappointing news for providers & patients: the dominance of BQ1 & BQ1.1 variants means we have NO effective monoclonal antibody treatments left.

And Evusheld—an important pre-exposure therapy—is impacted as well.

Not great heading into a rough winter.

1/ New variant data finally out from Biobot wastewater analysis (from 2 weeks ago). Looks like our latest spike in COVID in #Arlington #Virginia is affected by arrival of BQ.1 (50% of virus sampled) and we are back to where we were in May at the height of the BA.2 spike locally.