Temperature monitoring post-pandemic
The idea of “what’s next once the pandemic reaches a herd immunization level” is extremely hopeful and almost naïve. States are offering wild incentives for people to get vaccinated: Ohio is offering million-dollar lottery prizes for vaccinated Buckeyes, New Jersey is offering free beer, and New York is offering free marijuana joints. Why are they doing this? Because of the hesitance on many people to get the vaccine.
As of June 1, there have been around 160 million people to get the vaccine so far, which is less than half of the population. For many scientists tracking the pandemic, the hope of reaching herd immunity is becoming more and more unlikely, even with an abundance of vaccines. Flu seasons, variants to COVID, and a larger awareness of keeping people safe and feeling safe when entering a school, hospital, office building, restaurant, etc., is paramount right now. Increased measures to prevent the spread of disease will continue to be important in the “new normal.”
The consensus is that temperature scanning solutions will be used as general gateway health monitors even after COVID-19 is defeated. One of the more positive byproducts of this pandemic is that temperature monitoring has become the go-to resource for health services in any facility to contain viral outbreaks, such as COVID-19.
The idea is that people who are feeling under the weather may not risk coming into work only for a high temperature alert to be made by the temperature screening solutions.
Those who know they feel ill will end up keeping the office healthier by staying home instead of facing a scanner, which could bring potential improvements to company policies and culture, stressing an ‘If you’re sick, stay home!’ mentality.
The CDC’s approach
As we transition back to offices, employers need to legally protect themselves from the risk of allegations or reports of specifically work-related COVID infections. To prevent infection, organizations may institute two strategies: (a) An employee temperature screening mechanism or (b) an employee pre-work self-assessment or symptom report.
To avoid potential disease spread, employees must be screened pre-entry to the work site. The National Safety Council recommends issuing workers with a smartphone application (app) to complete and upload their symptom reports to facilitate the employee pre-work self-assessment—including the related administrative burdens. For temperature check locations, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends employee screenings are done in a private room or in a tent outside the facility.
It is crucial all temperature screening tests are research-proven to be accurate and reliable to protect against false COVID negatives or positives.
How frequently should you screen employees? Many factors will drive this organizational decision, including known workplace outbreaks within your industry, and the level of community transmission within your town, city or district. However, across industries and based on the COVID incubation period, the CDC recommends conducting screening testing of all employees at least weekly.
One method for temperature screening is an Infrared (IR) thermometer. These devices measure temperature by sensing the thermal radiation emitted by the subject. They are also known as temperature guns, non-contact thermometers, or laser thermometers. They are capable of measuring the temperature of an object from a distance.
Most public places use Infrared thermometers for monitoring people’s body temperatures. One person holds the thermometer pointed towards the subject’s forehead and then the temperature measurement result is displayed on the digital screen of the Infrared thermometer. People with normal body temperatures are allowed to enter public premises, whereas people with elevated body temperatures are prohibited from entering.
IR Thermometers are considered one of the most effective, safe and budget-conscious methods to accurately measure body temperature. They are widely accepted as being the most reliable, quick method to generate a temperature reading. However, some devices are not capable of a true body temperature reading, namely core body temperature.
Sometimes, the skin temperature has nothing to do with your actual core body temperature. This is where the problem arises. Have you ever wondered whether your forehead temperature truly tells anything about your health? When the surrounding conditions are ideal, an increased forehead temperature indicated fever. But most of the time, the surrounding conditions aren’t ideal for accurate core body temperature measurements.
Skin temperature can decrease or increase due to several factors, including:
- If you have some skin conditions
- If you have just finished eating
- If you are drunk
- If you are wearing a lot of clothes
- If you have just finished exercising
- If you get sunburns
- If you are under the influence of extreme weather conditions
All these factors can influence your skin temperature, irrespective of your actual core body temperature.
How can FeverWarn Help Solve This Problem?
FeverWarn temperature scanners accurately measure core body temperature from your wrists and fists. Using new OPX technology FeverWarn solves all inaccuracy problems of the hand-held Infrared thermometers. Our engineers have developed this technology to be a permanent solution for measuring core body temperature, irrespective of the external factors.
FeverWarn, with OPX technology built-in, is the most sophisticated self-service non-contact infrared temperature scanner currently on the market. It is the gold standard by which all IR thermometers are measured due to its accuracy and reliability. Based on a certified laboratory study, FeverWarn’s high-accuracy temperature reading is very close (within the 0.5 range) to a clinical (ear, mouth, armpit) temperature reading.
This unique technology uses additional sensor readings and an artificial intelligence algorithm to increase accuracy. This combination filters out all the effects of the hot and cold weather, thereby producing extremely accurate results and extends the ambient range of infrared thermometers and scanners by up to 50%—making hand-held forehead scanners obsolete.
With temperature scanning showing go/no- go results in under 3 seconds it is the fastest, most accurate and least disruptive approach to a safe work environment. By having FeverWarn scanners at all key entrances to schools, office buildings, hospitals/assisted living facilities, and anywhere else you want to help prevent infection and viral spread, you are not only meeting, but exceeding CDC guidelines for creating a safe and healthy environment.
Improving Health and Safety in the Future
So, given all these issues how can we package temperature monitoring with security integration and other related areas such as hand sanitizing to become mainstream protocols for better health and safety?
MachineSense, and our FeverWarn product, is happy to announce our partnership with the world’s largest security solutions provider and security integrator on the globe, Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls believes that nothing is more important than the health, security, and safety of individuals within their customer’s facility. The pandemic has made securing that facility more complex than ever. Johnson Controls’ goal is to deliver a solution that helps to enhance facility efficiency and occupant safety, wellness, and productivity. Johnson Controls understands that temperature scanning is now, and will be, an integral part of security solutions. FeverWarn’s affordable, ultra-fast, and highly accurate Non-contact Health Check Kiosk can be integrated into security systems. FeverWarn easily integrates with employee ID badge systems, electric and magnetic locking doors, turnstiles, gates, sanitizer dispensers, QR readers, and much more. FeverWarn scanners include a USB port to control external relays, which can be used to send outputs to auxiliary devices. By using an appropriate USB to RS232/485 or digital high/low relay converter users can control their gate access operation.
For more information on the FeverWarn solution to accurate and reliable temperature scanning go to www.feverwarn.com
To see how it works check out our video below: