Just as temperature checks are starting to become the norm, a massive amount of doubt has been cast for its effectiveness. Could temperature checks be completely pointless?
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, temperature checks have been completely abandoned by the White House due to how notoriously inaccurate they are. Fauci dropped this news during a Facebook Live video, and said, "We have found at the NIH, that it is much, much better to just question people when they come in and save the time, because the temperatures are notoriously inaccurate, many times."
Fauci explains that the weather can influence temperature checks, and depending on where a person is being checked (air-conditioned room/outside) can severely influence the reading. Here's what Fauci had to say, "It's the middle of the summer, we've had what ... 15 days, 90 degrees in a row. I went to the White House the other day. My temp was like 103 until I took it in the air-conditioned car, and then it was 97.4."
Fauci continued, "When I tried to get into another facility, my temperature was 93, which means I probably should've been on a respirator. So I think we've just got to abandon that, be prudent, ask questions, and do it that way."
This isn't the first time we have heard that coronavirus temperature checks are ineffective, as it was only a few days ago that scientists published a paper in journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease that cited that temperature checks, especially in younger individuals, are not a good way to screen for the virus. More on that story can be found here.
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