CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and THIRTY-THREE
“Can you help us?” Helen asked.
“I don’t know nothing about no virus,” Orin said. “But I know filtration. If this thing’s in the air, then what you need is airflow. Even something like a fan will get you there, but since these are kids, we should figure out something good. We don’t want our kids getting sick.”
“We don’t want that,” Helen said.
“But I’m no good at the science,” Orin said.
“I can handle the science,” Helen said.
“What ’r you going to do, Jake?” Orin asked as a joke.
“I’m going to keep track of the results so that when we’re done, you can share them with the school districts,” Jacob said.
Orin’s pale face flushed again. This time his eyes welled with tears.
“You’d do that for me?” Orin asked.
“Absolutely,” Jacob said. “I’ll also pay you.”
Orin nodded. Without any warning, he was on the move. Helen and Jacob hurried after him.
“We’ve got two choices — well, three,” Orin said. “The cheapest is to just turn on the building fans. Between the attic fan and the system, there would be ample air movement. Most of the classrooms have double hung windows. You fixed all those windows?”
Orin looked at Jacob, who nodded.
“There’s your airflow,” Orin said with a nod. “’Cept in winter, of course.”
“As you know, there are dead spots in the system,” Helen said.
“I remember that we put those in the filing area and the offices,” Orin said.
“So papers didn’t fly around,” Helen said.
“Good point,” Orin said. “The fans and windows are your cheapest option.”
“What else?” Helen asked.
“You can create airflow by having a temperature difference,” Orin said. “Hot air is always going to want to move to colder air. You could heat the hallways and leave the rooms fairly cool. With the room doors open just a crack, the air would move from the hallway into the room. As long as you create the temperature difference, the air keeps moving.”
“That’s interesting,” Helen said.
“They do this in Japan during the flu season,” Orin said. “I bet they’re doing this right now.”
“What’s the third?” Jacob asked.
“The third is what we have in the infant and toddler area,” Orin said. “More air intakes and out takes. Better air exchange. We can change to higher grade filters, if you want. But we’re pretty close there in the baby area.”
“We’re going to have to reduce our class size,” Helen said. “So we’ll have to get those unused areas of the school up and running.”
“We just have to turn on that area,” Jacob said with a nod. “Everything is already set up.”
“Why don’t we run some tests?” Orin nodded. “We’ll go through the building, room by room, and let you know what we have in each room. We can decide what you want to do then.”
“That’s possible?” Helen asked.
“Of course it is,” Orin said. “I just have to make a few calls. We’ll be underway in an hour or so.”
“Sounds like we know where to start,” Jacob said with a nod.
Nodding, Orin adjusted his face mask.
“Where do I get some more of these masks?” Orin asked.
“I have them in my truck,” Jacob said. “We have a team at Lipson that is making them by the hundreds. I have about twenty-five for your team.”
“Delphie?” Orin asked.
“As always,” Jacob said.
Orin nodded to Jacob and took out his phone. Helen and Jacob gave each other a long look and got out of the way.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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