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A Word Of Caution On Those Temperature Checks At Workplaces And EstablishmentsDo not rely on temperature checks. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.by The Associated Press .
Editor's Note: One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is fever. Many workplaces and establishments have been conducting a mandatory temperature check on all individuals before allowing entry into the premises. If a person's temperature is higher than usual, he or she is asked to rest for a while before re-taking his or her temperature again. Do temperature checks make workplaces and establishments safe?
No, not completely. They can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections but shouldn't be the only safety measure employers take.
Some employers are following White House guidelines to screen workers for a fever with daily temperature checks to help prevent the spread of infections.
But screening for fevers alone won't eliminate risk. People with the virus can be contagious without a fever, so it's still important for employers to increase space between workers, disinfect surfaces and encourage hand washing.
A person's temperature can be taken with a no-touch infrared thermometer pointed at the forehead, and workers can use the devices to take their own temperatures, using hand sanitizer before and after.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
However, the accuracy of infrared thermometers can be thrown off by headbands or bandannas that make a person too hot, or by cosmetic wipes that cool the skin, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA says the thermometers should be used in a draft-free area and out of direct sunlight.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
What's a normal body temperature and what's feverish? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives 100.4 degrees Farenheit (38 degress Celsius) as a guideline for fever.
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