Infrared Thermometers – Why they are crucial in times of COVID-19

Amid the rising cases of Coronavirus in the country, we all are adopting various measures to keep ourselves safe and sound like maintaining social distancing, quarantined at our homes, keeping ourselves and the surrounding clean, etc. Amongst all this, there are various essential products and equipment required to protect ourselves from the virus. These may include ventilators, masks, sanitizers, PPE kits, etc. One such essential medical equipment helping us battle this pandemic is Infrared thermometer. In recent times, Infrared thermometers have proven to be one of the most in demand medical devices.

 

What is Infrared Thermometer?

We all are aware that the most powerful medium or say the reason for the spread of the COVID-19 virus is direct human-to-human contact.

Infrared thermometers are non-contact thermometers that help you measure the temperature from the forehead without coming in contact with the skin. As cases of COVID-19 are constantly on the rise, infrared thermometers are fast becoming the most commonly used medical device. It is helpful in fast and accurate measurement of the body temperature.

 

Rise of Infrared Thermometer During COVID-19

There are many symptoms of COVID-19 like shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. Another important symptom is fever (high body temperature). In an effort to contain any possible risk of infection, infrared thermometers are a good way to detect the body temperature. It measures the temperature through the forehead from a distance in seconds. While using the Infrared thermometer you don’t need to have physical contact with the person you are testing. This helps in avoiding the risk of getting infected.

Due to its quick measurement and high level of accuracy, the demand of the Infrared thermometer is increasing every passing day. The number of coronavirus cases is increasing rapidly and with fever being a key symptom, it’s important to have a temperature check of the people at every possible place where there’s a huge gathering.

Increasing cases of infected people in India is also a major factor driving the demand in the market. Business Wire reported that an “increasing prevalence of contagious and chronic diseases is expected to be one of the major factors driving the growth of the market.

Infrared thermometers prove to be an efficient device for accurate and frequent body temperature measurement. Factors such as these are likely to drive the demand for infrared thermometers.”

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What Areas Is It Being Used?

While battling this pandemic, we clearly know that we ourselves are the carriers of this disease while being totally unaware of it. By the time we will come to know, it may be too late as the virus would have done its work.

We can’t eliminate the risk of the spread of the virus but we still can reduce the risk. For this the country is taking every possible step, one such step is temperature screening as fever is one of the major symptoms.

Some of the places where the infrared thermometer is being commonly used are:

HOSPITAL: Hospital acquired infections are on the rise as infected patients are being brought in for treatment. There are several people visiting the hospitals and it is not possible to test each patient for COVID.

So the healthcare professionals are using Infrared thermometer to get first hand info of the suspected COVID-19 symptom.

Airports: Airport is a place where people are coming from various national and international boundaries. There are chances of people carrying the infection. If they have some possible symptoms, it can be detected through an IR thermometer.

Homes: Trying to be confined to our home, we still have to go out to buy the essentials for daily needs. Even after being fully protected, there are chances you may get infected or bring viruses to your homes. In case of any feelings of a symptom, use an infrared thermometer to monitor the body temperature.

Some other places it can or is being used are offices, malls, and other places where people are visiting frequently.

 

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Mercury Thermometer vs Digital Thermometer vs Infrared Thermometer

Mercury Thermometer: Mercury thermometers have mercury inside the glass to measure the body temperature. It was once the most widely used thermometer, but now mercury thermometers are no longer recommended because they can break and have toxic mercury to escape.

Digital Thermometer: Regular digital thermometers use electronic heat sensors to record body temperature. These were very very popular pre-COVID. The thermometer is used in the mouth or armpit to measure the temperature. But this requires direct contact which can lead to further spread of the virus. Due to this, they are not as frequently used.

Infrared Thermometer: These were in the market for a while, but there was less awareness around this product. Its demand suddenly boomed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The advantage of using an infrared thermometer over a general thermometer is its ‘no-contact’ process. It ensures that no infection is passed on through contact, as physical contact is the main reason for Coronavirus spread.

 

Types of Infrared Thermometer

For easier and faster use, an infrared thermometer is the best. But it also comes in different types depending on use and function. The main two types of non-contact thermometers are tympanic thermometers and non-contact infrared thermometers.

Tympanic(Ear-mode) Thermometer: An ear-mode infrared thermometer that facilitates temperature acquisition from the ear drum. It measures the thermal radiation from the tympanic membrane and within the ear canal and gives results in seconds.

Features:

  • Enables the quick detection of body temperature from eardrum
  • Acquires temperature readings within 0.5 second

Use: Infrared tympanic membrane thermometers have an advantage. The tympanic membrane and the hypothalamus share an arterial blood supply originating from the carotid artery; therefore, the tympanic membrane is considered to directly reflect core temperature.

 

Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer: It measures the temperature from the forehead and displays it on a back screen.

Features:

  • Can be measured from 15 cm distance
  • Measures the temperature within 0.5 seconds
  • Capable of storing up to 20 sets of measurement data

Use: The advantage of a non-contact infrared thermometer over a tympanic thermometer is that it can be used more conveniently to measure the forehead temperature from a good distance.

 

How To Use an IR Thermometer

Using an infrared thermometer is quite easy, all you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps

1-    Turn on the device

2-    Point out the thermometer towards the target body.

3-    Read the temperature reflected on the back screen of the thermometer within seconds.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, these thermometers use an infrared scanner to measure the temperature of the temporal artery in the forehead.

A report published by the National Center for Biotechnological Information states that the normal temperature range on the forehead is approximately between 31.0 degrees C to 35.6 degrees C.  Forehead temperature in excess of 35.6 degrees C is suggestive of fever.

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Coronavirus: What You Need to Know!

Background

On 31st December 2019, reports of a new virus originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China spread across the world. The Chinese authorities identified this strain as coronavirus, part of a family of viruses usually cause upper respiratory diseases, from the common cold to rarer diseases like SARS and MERS. Due to the nature of this virus, most people may have experienced some low-level symptoms at some point in their lives, from runny noses, headaches, coughs, to fever and a general feeling of being unwell.

 

Current Status – Updated

As of January 2020, this latest outbreak of the virus has been named 2019-nCoV. This latest strain also confirms that human-to-human transmission is possible, with the current toll of infected people has hit close to 6,000 people, mostly in China. At the moment, the range of severity of this disease is causing concern- people suffering from poor health appear to be at greater risk of some of the more serious symptoms, while others have only experienced mild illness.

As we approach mid-April, the latest report in India has had 8988 active cases, according to the Government of India’s dedicated COVID-19 website.  The virus has hit over 210 countries, with USA leading the count at 587,173 cases. Europe has also been badly hit, with Spain reporting 172, 541 cases and Italy and France following at 159,516 and 136, 779 cases. Germany and UK are right behind them, thus making up the top five most affected countries.

All across the world, governments are instituting strict self-isolation rules. America declared a national emergency mid-March, while the Indian government has extended the initial 21-day lockdown to a total of a 42-day lockdown. The WHO (World Health Organization) has also declared coronavirus a pandemic– a disease that impacts a huge population, while spread across a large geographic area.  The Indian Government has created a special website that provides real-time and accurate updates on the spread of the virus.

 

Why is it Concerning?

According to the WHO’s latest reports, there have been over 1.7 million confirmed cases of the disease, with the death toll at over 110,000. The impact of this disease surpasses that of SARS epidemic, which hit the world in the early 2000s. Do not mistake the two diseases for being the same- while they may emerge from the same family of viruses, each illness is entirely different in its symptoms, effects, and impact.

Unlike other diseases, COVID-19s highly infectious nature, along with the lack of information on this virus, makes it very difficult to study and cure. Doctors and healthcare workers are still trying to fully understand how the virus spreads and affects the body.

 

How is it Spread?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted mostly through person-to-person contact. According to the CDC, simply being near an infected person increases your chances of catching the disease. Close physical contact with a known COVID-19 patient is strongly discouraged at the moment. The saliva of an infected person contains the disease, which means any respiratory droplets, like those that occur due to sneezing, coughs, talking, can spread the disease further.

It’s not enough to steer clear of infected patients. You can also be a carrier without showing any signs of the infection. Carriers are able to spread the disease, even though they aren’t affected by the illness themselves. Due to this, social distancing and self-isolation are the need of the hour.

 

Symptoms

This virus causes pneumonia, with patients suffering from cough, fevers, and difficulties in breathing. The typical incubation period for this between two to ten days, and starts with a general feeling of being unwell. Depending on the severity of the infection, there can be organ failure, respiratory failure, or even death.

Even now, the only way to really know if someone has Coronavirus is to test them. A lot of symptoms mimic those of the common flu:

  • Dry cough,
  • Fever,
  • Body aches,
  • Shortness of breath

 

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Some people also experience sore throats and a runny nose. These symptoms initially seem mild, but some people might be hit with more severely.

 

Who is at Risk?

Coronavirus can affect people of all ages. However, it appears to impact people with pre-existing conditions or elderly people more seriously. As of now, the World Health Organization has reported that 1 in 6 infected people get seriously sick. According to the CDC, at-risk groups include

  • People over 60 years of age
  • Longtime smokers, since the disease attacks the respiratory system
  • People with HIV
  • People with chronic lung disease
  • People with moderate to severe asthma
  • People with severe obesity
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Includes people going through cancer treatments, smokers, having immune deficiencies, or consuming any immune weakening medication
  • People with diabetes
  • People with liver disease
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions

 

Debunking Myths

Currently, there is a lot of misinformation being spread around this virus. Social platforms like Pinterest, Quora, and text applications like Whatsapp, are cracking down on the spread of false facts. During this time, we encourage you to seek accurate and updated information from verified sources, like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), or the Indian Government’s dedicated information-sharing resource around COVID-19.

Below, we have cleared up some misconceptions around COVID-19 (all information has been sourced from the WHO and MyGov)

  • Coronavirus is NOT transmitted through mosquito bites
  • Coronavirus CAN spread in hot and humid regions
  • There is NO evidence that dogs/ cats can spread the virus
  • Hair-dryers, steam/ water vapour, hot baths are NOT cures or prevention for the virus
  • Typical flu vaccines are not a guaranteed protection against COVID-19
  • Antibiotics are NOT effective against viruses
  • Eating garlic/ homeopathic remedies are NOT proven solutions against this virus
  • There is NO cure or vaccine at this time

 

Precautions/ Tips

Stay safe and maintain the quarantine with all your efforts.

If you need to step out, cover your face properly with a mask, which helps reduce the potential of catching the illness. Cloth masks, which are effective for this, can be purchased or even made at home.

If you need to cough in public, cough into your elbow, not your hands.

Ensure that you’re washing your hands regularly, for a minimum of 30 seconds.

Choose alcohol-based sanitizers over non-alcohol-based, as the alcohol is more effective against viruses.

The Government of India has also released a COVID-19 tracking app named Aarogya Setu, which helps citizens keep track of the virus’ spread in their areas.

 

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Warning Signs & Resources

If you’re experiencing mild symptoms, you need to immediately self-isolate for 14 days. However, if you fall into an at-risk category, and your symptoms are severe, get in touch with the government helpline at 011 – 23978046/ 011- 23971075. You can also reach out at ncov2019@gov.in. There are private testing options as well. You can check this list to see the options in your cities.

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