Indoor air starts with your outdoor air. We don’t get our “fresh air” from anywhere else. What’s outside seeps inside. And whether your school is located in a city or a rural area, pollutants abound.
Air Quality Impacts IQ and Student Performance
Did you know that air quality has a direct impact on intelligence, test scores, and overall student performance? Researchers are documenting precisely how dirty air affects school-aged children.
The Increased Risk of Viral Infection in Schools
We now know the primary method of transmission for COVID-19 is airborne. That means an infected person releases the virus into the environment through airborne droplets.
The World Health Organization Report
According to a 2018 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air so dirty it puts them at serious risk. (1)
IAQ Impacts Student Attention and Focus
According to the CDC, there were 6 million children aged 3–17 years (9.8%) in 2019 that have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. 62% were taking ADHD medication, 47% received behavior treatment.
Indoor Air Quality and Childhood Asthma
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report about the correlation between childhood asthma and indoor air pollution. The report noted three major points that all schools should take into consideration.
Indoor Air Quality in Certain Communities
A report titled “Socioeconomic Disparities and Air Pollution Exposures: A Global Review” found that poorer communities tend to be exposed to higher concentrations of pollution than other communities and had lower IQ tests.
Air Pollutants Impact a Student's Weight
New data shows that nearly 1 in 5 children are obese. And while poor diet likely plays a role, is there more to it? Are there other things -- perhaps in the air -- impacting a child’s weight? Researchers say yes. They’re called obesogens.
Indoor Air Quality and Mental Health
Nearly 1 in 7 children and teens in the U.S. have a mental health condition, according to a 2018 study. While causes vary and often include things such as trauma, neglect, and nutrient deficiencies, new research shows air quality has an impact.
What's Airborne In Schools?
In the last few years, the focus has been on COVID-19 when it comes to air quality in school. But that's not the only concern. In fact, even if we never see another case of covid again, there are still pollutants in schools. Click below to see what they are.