Can This Thermometer Help America Reopen Safely?
The coronavirus is winning. We still don’t have adequate testing and tracing capabilities across many regions. And yet, states are reopening, assessing risk on the fly and seeing their cases surge.
I’ve been preoccupied with the question of how to reopen without letting the pandemic spiral further out of control, if that’s even possible. Universal mask wearing seems like a start. Same with moving gatherings outdoors.
And without preventive drugs or a vaccine, catching viral outbreaks early is critical. If we could detect irregular virus transmission at the earliest onset of symptoms, public health departments could act fast to encourage people to isolate or advise nonessential businesses to shut back down. What we need is an early warning system.