Teachers and students wearing face masks stand in a school hallway.

Want Schools Open in a Pandemic? Give Them Cleaner Air.

Apoorva Mandavilli, health reporter for The New York Times, shares insights into how air quality impacts school closures and student learning amid COVID-19 pandemic (EWA Radio Episode 329)

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Few things were as fraught with controversy amid the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as the decision to close many schools while others stayed open. 

Apoorva Mandavilli, science and global health reporter for The New York Times, looked closely at how air quality in public schools impacted outbreaks, what it would take to give more students access to healthier classrooms, and what’s keeping more policymakers from heeding some of these potentially crucial lessons.

She joins EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond to discuss where education reporters can find trustworthy data on school air quality, how to produce nuanced coverage on polarizing topics, and more. 

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