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Principal Peter Macnamara of Loreto College Swords has introduced Irish made Novaerus air dis-infection technology as a solution to improve indoor air quality at the school. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

Principal Peter Macnamara of Loreto College Swords has introduced Irish made Novaerus air dis-infection technology as a solution to improve indoor air quality at the school. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

Teacher Leanne Halpin at Loreto College Swords teaching Junior Students at the school with the Irish made Novaerus NV 800 air dis-infection in situ. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

Teacher Leanne Halpin at Loreto College Swords teaching Junior Students at the school with the Irish made Novaerus NV 800 air dis-infection in situ. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

Novaerus NV 800 air dis-infection device in situ in the staff room at Loreto College Swords Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke.

Novaerus NV 800 air dis-infection device in situ in the staff room at Loreto College Swords Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke.

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Principal Peter Macnamara of Loreto College Swords has introduced Irish made Novaerus air dis-infection technology as a solution to improve indoor air quality at the school. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

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Loreto College Swords has introduced the Irish made Novaerus air dis-infection technology as a solution to improve indoor air quality to protect students and staff and further the schools existing Covid safety protocols.

Together with social distancing, hand sanitizing, wearing masks and use of CO2 monitors, the school are using four medical grade Novaerus NV800 devices across three classrooms and in the staff room canteen where ventilation was poor.

The devices are safe to use 24/7 with pupils and teachers present and are on throughout the school day.

Commenting on the Novaerus technology advantages, Loreto College Swords, Principal Peter Macnamara said: “Our priority is in protecting our students and staff especially those that are most vulnerable. Working with our lead worker representatives we assessed rooms where improvements to air quality were needed.

“We did a lot of research and invested in the NV 800’s as they dis-infect the air safely. The classrooms that have the devices are all linked to the inner courtyard where ventilation is quite limited - while we get good natural light, the air flow isn’t the same as classrooms on the outer side of the building

“The pandemic has definitely highlighted the importance of good air quality and our investment in these devices is not just a solution for now but for the future.”

The air disinfection Novaerus device uses patented ‘NanoStrike’ plasma technology that has been independently proven to inactivate 99.997% of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It also inactivates all airborne viruses and bacteria including mumps, measles and flus all year round and are used in schools in Germany and America.

Deirdre Devitt, CEO of Novaerus at McGreals, which distributes the devices in Ireland, said: “Many schools are doing their best to implement policies such as opening windows and doors, using CO2 monitors, since the school term returned in September. However, areas of poor ventilation do require further solutions to make the air cleaner as we move into the winter months.

“Helping schools like Loreto College Swords to maximise protection indoors is important to us, ensuring that they have the optimum and safest air standards that are conducive to learning.”

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