For any of you medically knowledgeable people around here … I’ve got a quick question about the practicality and reliability of something that could be a handy tool in the hands of institutional officials as they think of whether (or more likely how) to re-open.
At school I’ve got one of those handy infrared laser pyrometers which passively takes the temperature of surfaces without needing any direct contact.
Question: would this be a reliable way to detect fever in a person? By directing it in fairly close proximity at their forehead? While the big advantage would be ease of use, and no direct contact requiring constant sterilization between each use, I realize that the laser these are typically equipped with might (rightly) make some nervous about using these to point anywhere near the eyes of people. The laser on mine at school is inoperative which at least removes that concern, leaving only the needed temperature detection. [one could easily put tape over the laser part as it is only there as a visual guide so you know more exactly where you are directing it - it plays no role in the actual temperature measurement.]
I guess I could experiment on myself by taking my “under-the-tongue” temperature the regular way, and then compare it with a forehead-aimed readout (or perhaps a ‘mouth-aimed’ readout?) and then just be aware if any offset adjustment is needed as a calibration.
What other ideas do people have about helping institutions carry on more safely (or at least less dangerously) given the reality of their intent to re-open. Yeah - I know - it’s far from settled in the minds of many that they should re-open at all, or perhaps even is settled that they should not. But setting that aside here, what should and can they do to at least mitigate risks if they do?
Masks, and 6 ft distancing are among the standard recommendations commonly out there right now. Any more ideas to discuss (or elaborations on those given)?