School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus is The Elephant in the Room


Once again the CDC has released an update about COVID-19, this time clarifying the circumstances where transmission is airborne. Their description is filled with caveats. It seems that we have to read between the lines to understand what they are trying to say without coming out and saying it. 

Here is the guidance, what do you think they are trying to say without saying it? There is an elephant in the room folks, and clearly, I am not the only one who sees it! What are the implications for schools? What procedures do we need to revise? Are face coverings enough? My nursing judgment is saying absolutely not! 

SARS-CoV-2 & Potential Airborne Transmission

I am thankful for award-winning investigative health journalist, Apoorva Mandavilli, who writes for the New York Times. Her most recent article is important to read:

The Coronavirus May Be Adrift in Indoor Air, C.D.C. Acknowledges

The new guidance takes on urgent importance as cooling temperatures send people back indoors, where risk of the virus spreading by air is highest. The agency’s advice also guides managers of schools, offices, hospitals and other public buildings in preparing for the winter by improving their ventilation systems and taking other precautions.

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