I know nobody likes unsolicited advice. God knows, I don’t.
But, come on, can someone at JCPS please turn down the thermostats at these schools? They’re saunas. They’re toasty. They’re essentially giant petri dishes that are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. Kids have been sick in record numbers this year. That had to put the brakes on a whole lot of federal dollars.
You don’t need a degree in microbiology from Stanford to figure this out: The schools are too warm. Take a quick look at a thermostat next time you’re visiting your kid’s school. I can always count on the thermostat to be set on 72 or 73 degrees or about 22 degrees Celsius. That’s on the first floor. The second floor feels like a day on the beach – and the windows are even open.
I’m not kidding.
You know what temps bacteria and viruses like a whole lot? High 60s to the 90s. Those are temps that are just perfect for exponential growth of bacterial and viral colonies. Want proof? Look at the little graph I have for you:
The y-axis is the growth rate of bacteria. See where the growth rates take off like a rocket? That’s around 20 degrees Celsius or 68 degrees Fahrenheit. 72 degrees is where the bacterial growth rate is truly exponential, no kidding around.
I’ll keep it short and sweet today.
Turn down the thermostats to 65F or 66F. Save a bundle on the LG&E bill at every school. Bring the growth rate of bacteria and viruses to a crawl.
Maybe we’ll get to spend less time at Immediate Care next year if the geniuses at JCPS are paying attention.
Source: M.H. Zweitering, J.T. deKoos, B.E. Hasenack and K. van ‘t Reit. April 1991. Modeling of Bacterial Growth as a Function of Temperature. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.