"I’ve spent more than 10 years as a forensic investigator of “sick buildings.” The stakes were often extraordinarily high: a hospital where four people had died and hundreds were at risk; a factory where workers were at risk of getting an irreversible respiratory disease called “Popcorn Lung”; a military base where housing was suspected in the deaths of 11 infants.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
In all of these investigations, I was asked, “Is it safe to go back in the building?” If, after the appropriate controls were in place, my answer was “yes,” I always paused for one final gut-check question: Would my answer be any different if my family was involved?
When people ask me whether schools are safe during the coronavirus pandemic, I ask the same question: Would I let my kids go back to school in the fall? The answer is yes.
Let’s first acknowledge a hard truth: Widespread school closures come with devastating costs."
Dr Bromage's tweet: https://twitter.com/ErinBromage/status/1275953245555433472?s=09
|An empty playground outside the Achievement First charter school in Providence, R.I., on March 7. (David Goldman/AP)|