In a world that's been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have turned to temperature scanners to quickly and easily check for coronavirus symptoms in their employees. However, this isn’t the first time temperature scanners have been used during a pandemic scenario.
In the past, temperature scanners were employed during SARS, H1N1 influenza, and Ebola outbreaks. They were primarily used for entry and exit screenings at border crossings and international airports.
Of course temperature scanners are proving their worth to organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if history has taught us anything, there’s a place for them beyond it as well. Because of this, temperature scanners shouldn’t be dismissed as a short-term purchase, but embraced as a long-term investment for any organisation looking to improve their preparedness.
COVID-19 and Temperature Scanners
COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to health services across the world. The pandemic has transformed everyday life, with many businesses having to adopt remote working, and several curtails being placed on public movement.
Response to the virus was, overall, slow. Companies and management were caught off-guard by the sudden changes. Many large organisations struggled to adopt a remote environment, and some businesses and public venues couldn't get sufficient health and safety measures in place in time.
Although they struggled initially, businesses are improving safety procedures and compliance with tools like temperature scanners. This technology has been employed across the world to cover a variety of uses, including:
- Screening students in schools and universities
- Assessing whether people can enter a shop
- Residents and visitors being screened for long-term care facilities
Temperature scanners have been mostly implemented as a precautionary measure but are useful in quickly determining whether someone is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.
How Temperature Scanners Help
Temperature scanners operate on a non-contact basis, and the technology itself is low-cost, easily accessible, and simple to use. These devices aren’t perfect but they are a useful entry-level check to identify warning signs of COVID-19.
The use of temperature scanners enables people to stop and ask screening questions before allowing entry into a building or facility, or to remind people about hand sanitising and social distancing. Temperature scanning has been found to outperform self-identification of the virus as well.
Non-contact infrared temperature measuring should only be one part of an assessment, but they are undeniably useful. They allow for the evaluation of large numbers of people at high-risk entry points, and offer a rapid, efficient method for doing so with minimal cleaning and downtime required.
Being Prepared - Temperature Scanners Beyond COVID-19
One of the key issues that has been highlighted by the COVID-19 outbreak is a lack of preparedness among big businesses, governments, and public venues. Many of them weren't ready for an outbreak and when it came, a lot of its most disastrous effects could’ve been mitigated with an appropriate response.
No one can predict if or when there will be another outbreak on a scale similar to COVID-19, or even worse. That’s why it’s vital for businesses to prepare now. Temperature scanners make sense as an investment for businesses that should already be employing them during times of crisis.
When the world begins to return to work, and movement restrictions are lifted in public spaces, businesses utilising temperature scanners to help protect both their staff and the public will benefit from taking such a forward-thinking approach, in both renewed public confidence and safety.
Temperature scanners are an excellent means of futureproofing your business even beyond COVID-19. Our ebook looks at other methods of ensuring the future safety of healthcare waiting rooms both during this pandemic and in the years to come as well.Back to blog