Some countries use temperature checks for coronavirus. Others don’t bother. Here’s why.
The answer, according to experts, is no.
Temperature checks are an important tool that can be effective in many contexts, including doctors offices and hospitals. But when it comes to curbing the global spread of the coronavirus that causes covid-19, temperature screening has serious limitations — and comes with costs.
What can be missed
The biggest problem is that temperature screening can miss cases, unwittingly sending sick people through. It can also deliver false positives, potentially sending healthy people into spaces where others are seriously ill.
For some jurisdictions it is difficult and expensive to acquire enough screening equipment and to train the personnel to use it. Because of this, some governments are choosing to focus on other measures, especially if resources are scarce.
“A thermometer, if calibrated and if used appropriately, can detect a fever. Great. We are all happy about that,” said Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital. “But is it an …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]