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No, you can’t catch the coronavirus from a contactless thermometer. Here’s why

Coronaviruses are a large family of more than 40 types of viruses. They can cause illnesses that are similar to a common cold, however complications from them can lead to pneumonia, with severe damage to lungs. The viruses target a section responsible for the exchange of oxygen between blood cells and respiratory system ― exactly that causes shortage of breath in the patient. While pneumonia is mostly treatable with antibiotics developed to fight common pneumonia bacterias, to this day there is no available cure for the pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.

If there are little to no chances to fight the disease, people have to do everything they can to protect themselves from it.

How does the coronavirus spread 

There are two common ways the coronavirus is transmitted: through air, in a form of droplets of different sizes, and through direct contact. The latter involves catching the virus through mucous membranes on the face, i.e. eyes, nose and mouth.

It is possible to get sick with COVID-19 through a sick person. It transmits by droplets that are released during the conversation or when sneezing and coughing. The droplets’ are relatively heavy so they don’t spread far and quickly fall down.

Here’s how COVID-19 can be transmitted:

  • By inhaling the air which contains droplets from the sick person. This is the main reason to wear a face mask in public and also keep a distance of 6 ft from other people when outside.
  • By touching surfaces that have droplets and then touching sensible areas of one’s face: eyes, nose, mouth. Keep in mind: you can’t get sick from just touching the surface! It is only possible if mucous membranes were affected.

Why a contactless station is safe to use

A contactless screening station Thermocontrol excludes any interactions with the device. It can measure the temperature of people who are visiting or regularly working at the premises while keeping a distance of 25 cm (10 inches) between the person and the station ― it’s more than enough to not get in contact with the station’s surface. Keep in mind that the virus doesn’t just sit on every possible object waiting to jump whenever the person is around ― it is not a TV commercial. 

At the same time, the safety of interaction is not something that smaller thermometers can provide ― they are still being used by the operator, which puts that person in danger, just as it does with the operator who measures the temperature can carry the virus after prolonged exposure to foot traffic. Besides, it is entirely possible to measure temperature incorrectly ― the sensor can be pointed at the wrong direction, or even touch the person’s skin surface.

How long can the virus survive on surfaces

According to the CDC, the virus can remain active for various periods of time ― from hours to days depending on the surface type and its humidity. It degrades slowly under the following conditions:

  • Room temperature, especially high temperature (27°C/80°F)
  • Sunlight
  • Disinfectants

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus

In conclusion, let’s refresh all of the prevention methods that would ensure COVID-19 cannot enter the immune system. Most of them are basic hygiene tips:

  • Wash your hands when you return home 
  • Do not touch your face with dirty hands
  • Measure your temperature and make sure you keep in mind how it changes over time
  • Do not get in contact with sick people
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus ― make sure you don’t get in contact with people unless it is absolutely necessary, and talk to your doctor.

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