Not only in Staphorst, but also in other municipalities, according to figures from the RIVM, children are overrepresented in the corona figures. Last week, more than 20 percent of all corona reports came from the group of children between the ages of 5 and 14.
“Since installing the air filters, we have had only one infection in all schools,” says Kuijers. “We know from previous experience that after an infection it spreads to a number of other children in such a class. But now it has remained with this one case. Then you carefully conclude that the device has done its job. .”
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science disputes this conclusion of Kuijers. “It is of course good news that there are fewer or no corona infections at various schools in Staphorst,” said a spokesperson. “The GGD assumes that this is because many residents are now immune and adhere to the corona measures. It is unlikely that an air cleaning system will cause this.” Eindhoven University of Technology is currently conducting research into the use of air filters in education and will come up with conclusions in February.
The PO council cannot comment specifically on these air filters, but is generally reserved about the use of these types of filters, a spokesperson said. According to her, many of these air filters filter, but they do not ventilate. “The effectiveness on health and the spread of the coronavirus is also not clear, which should first be independently investigated.” In addition, the AOb Education Association would like to receive a list from the government of schools in the Netherlands where ventilation is not in order.