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Belgium imposes ventilation rules for businesses to combat new Covid surge | Irish Times |

Across Belgium public venues from restaurants to swimming pools are being fitted with sensors that display how much air customers are sharing with others in an attempt to combat further surges of Covid-19 into the autumn and winter.

The carbon dioxide monitors, which cost about €70, indicate whether windows or doors should be opened to increase the circulation of fresh air and prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

Pedro Facon, Belgium's Covid-19 commissioner, compares the way the virus spreads in the air to cigarette smoke: if someone infected is in an enclosed space, infectious particles spread from their breath through the air in the room and are then inhaled by other people.

"I think the importance of air quality and ventilation has been long underestimated," the commissioner told The Irish Times. Focus has centred on surfaces and droplets from coughing and sneezing, he said, overshadowing the role of shared air.

"Even if there were some experts already in summer of last year that pointed to the importance of ventilation, there were a few policies, or decisions, with regard to it," he said.

Province of Antwerp Supports Schools by Donating CO2 Meters

In a Bible Belt town of Staphorst, the population does not want a Covid-19 vaccination. Decided to buy air quality filter units from a local manufacturer. Gone were the lost hours of lessons as the infections stayed extremely low. Thank you Almighty.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 07:37:35 PM EST
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