We're moving into a transitionary period where things are (starting) to go back to normal, but sadly, coronavirus is here to stay. Until a reliable treatment or vaccine is released, home and business owners need to take extra precautions, especially when it comes to old or vulnerable people.
As we're sure you already know, one of the common symptoms of coronavirus is a high temperature. Unsurprisingly, thermal imaging cameras are being introduced in all kinds of spaces to help monitor people's temperatures on a continuous basis. The big question is - can thermal screening help detect coronavirus?
Yes, it can! Our clients have found their newly installed thermal imaging cameras a great asset as they re-open their doors. Temperature screening each person by hand can be a real pain, especially if you have hundreds of people entering and leaving the premises on an average day. Installing a thermal imaging camera can help to automate this process so you can keep a constant eye on the health of your customers and employees.
How does thermal imaging work?
Thermal imaging cameras use infrared technology to detect heat radiating from an object or person. They can measure the temperature of someone's skin with up to half a degree of accuracy, giving you a fairly good idea of the person's core body temperature. The thermal imaging cameras that we supply are designed to send you an automatic alert if a person is detected with an abnormally high temperature, meaning you can carry out further health checks before allowing said person to enter.
What can you use thermal imaging for?
Police have previously used thermal imaging cameras to search for suspects hidden out of sight. By looking for human hotspots in deserted areas you can narrow down your search quite quickly. Traditionally, thermal imaging cameras weren't used as medical devices, so this will be the first time that they've been used in this context en masse.
What temperature is "normal"?
The average person (without coronavirus) should have a body temperature of around 37°c (or 98.6F). If your temperature rises about 38°c then this would be considered abnormal and potentially an indication that you have coronavirus.
Other coronavirus symptoms
It's worth bearing in mind that while a high temperature is a sign of coronavirus, it's not the only symptom you should look out for. Some people present with different symptoms like nausea and headaches, or no symptoms at all! Remember, not all people with a high temperature have coronavirus - so while thermal imaging can help to detect coronavirus, it isn't a 100% effective strategy.
Other ways to control the spread of coronavirus
If you want to keep your premises safe and secure, there are other things you can do! For example, our density control systems allow you to keep track of the number of people in your building at any one time. Much like our thermal imaging cameras, our density control cameras will automatically alert you if the population exceeds your pre-set limit. Find out how many people you can have in your shop here.
If you think thermal screening or density control systems could help you control (and limit) the spread of coronavirus in your premises, don't hesitate to get in touch. Our team of installation specialists will talk you through the best options for your needs.