New Brunswick seeks expert opinion on use of HEPA filters in schools to fight COVID-19 – CBC

Dec 02, 2021

New Brunswick has quietly updated its guidance on ventilation in public schools to say high-efficiency particulate. or HEPA, filters may be a way to improve air quality during the pandemic.

But Education Minister Dominic Cardy says there’s been no change in policy regarding the use of in-class HEPA filters.

The province plans to hire an outside expert to review the “competing science” surrounding the issue and provide recommendations, he told reporters Thursday.

“I’ll bring back a timeline for that process in the coming days.”

He did not say how much the review will cost.

Sixty schools in New Brunswick have no integrated mechanical ventilation systems, as of September. Unlike the 234 schools in the province that do have integrated ventilation systems, these schools must rely instead on opening doors and windows to circulate air.

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