Most Connecticut schools are scheduled to open at the end of August, and public health officials and school administrators are all trying to figure out the safest way for students to get back into the classroom.

However, among the thousands of safety details to be considered for all the different types of school buildings in Connecticut, one problem that may be really difficult to overcome is ventilation.

I spoke to Paulo Verardi, an associate professor of Virology and Vaccinology at the University of Connecticut, and he says – based on the evidence – that COVID-19 should actually be considered an airborne virus. Airborne is a designation that the World Health Organization has not yet given to COVID, but if it is an airborne virus, then that could require more effort to ensure safe airflow in classrooms.

Adam Chiara

Adam Chiara is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Hartford and a multimedia storyteller.