This 2020’s pandemic has taken a toll on many different countries all around the world. Signs of this virus entail flu-like symptoms, like a terrible cough, breaking difficulties, and of course, fever. While the other symptoms are difficult to detect unless an interview is done face-to-face, fever can be remedied by a thermal imaging camera.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a forecast report has predicted its inevitable market rise due to its consistent demands by businesses, airports, and other public areas. The report says it is most likely the COVID-19 outbreak that led to these scanners’ increasing demands. You can already see it everywhere, from homes to public spaces. Buying it is a breeze as well, as they can be found in a lot of stores nationwide.
Do these elevated temperature detectors work? Many believe so, but not in the way most people think. The World Health Organization has released an article talking about the use of thermal detection cameras, and that it should be accompanied by other things for it to be effective, such as dissemination of COVID-19 awareness, questionnaires regarding their history of travel, and the like. You can visit the article’s link here.
They’ve also warned that relying on the scan is not advisable since it can help in detecting potential patients but fail in its accuracy to detect the spreading disease itself. An elevated temperature isn’t a cardinal sign of this virus, after all.
Thermal camera scanners are useful in places that need the flow of people going, like malls and airports. Using a handheld scanner to catch temperature isn’t the most efficient, and using a temperature detector camera relieves staff of having contact with a person coming from the external environment. At least in this part, we can see the ideal set-up of this thermal imaging camera.
All About Thermal Imaging Cameras
Thermal imaging cameras—colloquially known as TIC— are electronic devices made to detect heat energy. It has a heat sensor attached to a particular type of lens that can see any overheating source and is widely used in both engineers and firefighters. Note that both professions use this electronic device differently and for different reasons as well.
Firefighters use this tool to detect fire sources inside a home, detect victims through the smoke, and even other unidentifiable persons at night. On the other hand, engineers use this tool to quickly spot an area with excessive heat energy or overheating machines and components.
Another use for these electronic devices is temperature detecting. Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 during late 2019 and early 2020, airports are packed with people wanting to go home, and crowded areas such as malls and supermarkets are overflowing because of panic-buying.
Thus, many companies such as Athena, who made a body temperature sensing camera, have modified this into a more accurate temperature detector, which focuses on the person’s face and their hot points during a fever, like an area around the eyes. Not only that, but it can also detect the accurate temperature quickly, and all the person has to do is lower their mask as they stand briefly in front of it.
Notable Benefits Of TIC
- Quickly determine if someone has a fever or not
Despite what WHO had stated, this is still one of the best benefits one can have from a thermal imaging camera. Fever is still one of the symptoms, and despite the TIC not being accurate to detect it is, in fact, COVID-19, it can even detect potential COVID-19 patients. The FDA has also given their take on TIC and has released an article about this device. It includes a brief overview, benefits, preparation for this device, and some FAQs for the general population.
In a massive place such as airports and malls, where people aren’t inclined to stop and have an interview, determining their temperature is the fastest way to single out those who are indeed potentially sick because of the virus.
- Protect staff, visitors, or the general population
For businesses wanting to protect their establishment, their staff’s welfare is a top priority. It’s impossible to be productive in a time like this when the virus is spreading rampantly. This tool will make sure the customer entering your store is not potentially sick of COVID, even if they’re correctly using their mask or other protective equipment. It is scientifically proven that the virus adheres to surfaces for a long time unseen by the naked eye—it’s impossible to determine which areas are contaminated. Without proper hand hygiene and vigorous cleaning methods, both staff and incoming customers will be exposed to the virus.
Having this device will boost staff morale and productivity. It will save them from worrying about the virus and create a relaxing, lively atmosphere in your business. If they are wary and paranoid in the workplace, it will significantly lower productivity and time. Lost work hours can be prevented (as well as COVID) if there is an initial scanner that will screen customers on their way in.
- Easy to use as a device
Especially with TICs modified to focus solely on temperature detecting, there’s not much to do except watch over the camera and look out for any elevated temperatures. Even if you don’t watch over it, these TICs have alarm systems that go off whenever they detect an abnormally high temperature (excluding lights or hot coffee and tea the person may have).
They’re also smartly built, which allows you to be completely hands-off, with no manual calibration needed on your part, as well as adjusting itself to ambient temperatures. The best part of this is its uncomplicated monitoring of temperature, which quickly shows you an individual’s weather in a flash, and all they have to do is appear right in front of the camera, with their masks briefly pulled down or taken off entirely.
Because of the virus, we all have to be extra careful, especially those with businesses and those working in public transportations such as airports. Scanning might not be the most bulls-eye way to detect and prevent the virus, but it is one best way to give you a clue and protect yourself or the rest of the city/country.