As life in some cities is gradually returning back to normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, non-contact thermal temperature screening devices are making their way into the public for checking people and crowds for elevated body temperatures. That is because a high temperature sometimes means that the individual has caught the Coronavirus. This means that using non-contact temperature measurement devices might nevertheless assist in reducing the risk of growing COVID-19 infections.
What is Thermal Temperature Screening?
Thermal temperature screening is using a thermal device in order to capture infrared energy from the surface of the subject. This energy is later transformed into a temperature reading. In other words, thermal devices can measure a person’s body temperature with no contact. Having a fever is one of the ways to recognize if someone has a COVID-19 infection, even though an infected person might be contagious without a fever or other obvious symptoms like the loss of taste and smell. These non-contact tools can instantly take and display a temperature so that many people can be assessed when entering public areas.
Devices Used for Thermal Temperature Screening
The thermometers we have in our homes are slowly but surely disappearing and are being replaced by electric ones, and even more often by non-contact thermometers. Why? Since the spread of the Coronavirus, people need to keep a distance. These thermal devices are simple to use, precise, reliable, and provide quick results. These devices are thermal imaging cameras, non-contact infrared thermometers, as well as thermal imaging scopes.
On the one hand, non-contact thermometers are one of the solutions for taking a person’s temperature without physically touching them. Non-contact infrared thermometers are as reliable as contact thermometers and affordable at the same time. Thermal scanner cameras can take a person’s temperature from a larger distance however, the user needs to follow a bit more instructions when setting them up.
Thermal temperature screening devices have many advantages however, in order to get reliable results, they need to be used correctly. And as a fever does not always mean a COVID-19 infection, additional evaluation and diagnostic testing are required in order to conclude if someone has been infected with the Coronavirus or not.