Corona in Germany: 200 million for air filters, benefits unclear – knowledge

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200 million euros for air filters, benefits unclear

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A device for air filtration in the Realschule am Hemberg in Iserlohn.

(Photo: Bernd Thissen/picture alliance/dpa)

The third pandemic winter is coming, and it is still unclear whether air filters in Germany’s schools will help against Corona. Instead of a study, there are opinions, appeals, disputes – and lots of devices purchased with tax money. How can that be?

By Markus Grill, Christin Latniak and

Berit Uhlmann

Antonio Rosenberger attends a high school in Berlin where there is a mobile air filter in almost every room. “One has the feeling that something is happening to ensure face-to-face teaching,” says the 17-year-old. He doesn’t find the devices annoying, but “cool”.

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