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What Is the Point of Temperature Checks?

Article by Shannon Palus, published on line at Slate, May 20, 2020

Proponents of reopening have promised the public that it can be done safely as long as we screen workers and identify new cases. Non-contact temperature checks are a big part of that promise. This ignores 4 big problems. First, one-third of sick patients who come to the hospital don’t have a fever. Worse, either do the estimated 10-40% of cases that are entirely asymptomatic. Third, have you tried to buy even one infra-red thermometer lately? Finally, there’s no system in place to actually test people who have a fever. If temperature checks are not connected to testing, all they are is “security theater”.


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