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Colm McCarthy


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On RTÉ last week Stephen Donnelly struggled to explain why the Government has opted for open windows and masks in schools but has declined to provide or mandate air filters. Picture by Julien Behal

On RTÉ last week Stephen Donnelly struggled to explain why the Government has opted for open windows and masks in schools but has declined to provide or mandate air filters. Picture by Julien Behal

On RTÉ last week Stephen Donnelly struggled to explain why the Government has opted for open windows and masks in schools but has declined to provide or mandate air filters. Picture by Julien Behal

Covid is an airborne disease, predominantly transmitted person-to-person, and virologists have been advising since the alarm was first raised that indoor spaces where people mix should have the best possible ventilation. Transmission is further inhibited if people wear masks.

Last Tuesday on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly struggled to explain why the Government has opted for open windows and masks in schools but has declined to provide or mandate air filters.


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