I think the key statement from the CDC says that a fan IN THE WINDOW drawing in outside air is acceptable.
The goal is to get the outside air in. AC units in the window are recirculating room air, not a good thing. Could the AC unit have some typed of added filter?
I think Dr. Chan was trying to say that a fan in the corner of the room would not be good idea. He has our questions about fans in writing and will answer them on Friday.
I know fans have been discouraged by DR. Chan and DHHS, and this has caused much concern for the teachers- but according to CDC they are encouraged (which is good news) -
"Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors if possible, and using fans. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk for occupants, including children (e.g., a risk of falling or of breathing outdoor environmental contaminants such as carbon monoxide, molds, or pollens).-- "
Dr. Chan addressed the fan question on his call 7/24 (with the school nurses). He strongly recommended NOT to use them as they would serve as a spreader. I would think if you have a functional HVAC or in-room HEPA filters then a fan would be more acceptable.
That is what I am telling my admin.
Can someone please clarify if they ARE or ARE NOT permitted at this time to be used in classrooms?
Please and thank you kindly.