Thermal screener reads temperature without contact

Created: March 31, 2020 03:48 PM

A "contactless" thermal temperature screening device installed at entrances to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is reducing the risk of virus exposure for anyone entering the Rush campus.

Shafiq Rab, senior vice president and chief information officer at Rush, says the android devices allow employees and visitors to have their temperatures taken without touching anyone or anything.


"All you do is look at it and it gives you your temperature," says Rab. The device senses the heat and records the temperature. If their temperature is normal, people are instructed to proceed. If it is high, they're instructed to stay in place and wait for help.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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