As Coronavirus is spreading worldwide, several organizations and governments are working together to control this global pandemic. A lot of businesses, scientists, and airlines are looking forward to coming up with unique strategies to ramp up or continue operations while reducing risks to both customers and employees. It goes without saying that staff can get better protection using PPE. But we need to look for other ways to detect infection. This is where we need a robust temperature monitoring system.
Do These Devices Work for real?
How much viable and effective are mandatory temperature scans is still a matter of debate since the beginning of this pandemic. The reason why it is recommended is because one of the common signs of COVID-19 is increased temperature of the body.
Countries like Taiwan and New Zealand have been the first to contain the rates of infection. They have been using temperature scanning widely. Hence, other governments are either considering the same measures or have already implemented it. Some businesses also have temperature monitoring to screen their staff and customers.
When it comes to identifying COVID-19 and differentiating it from other hot objects, the temperature monitoring system has been effective so far. But there are some cases when temperature scans cannot detect people who are asymptomatic but have an infection. In some cases, people have symptoms but they are not infected. There’s still a matter of contradictions. Some studies deny the frequency of fevers in Coronavirus cases. According to some studies, fever is found in 80% of cases. Some studies estimate it to be only around 30%. Hence, some people believe that it is not enough for accurate monitoring.
On the contrary, even 50% of accuracy in detecting people with Coronavirus can still reduce exposure and risk. Implementing the practices of detecting body temperature and accepting that there is no risk could be dangerous. It is still very important to adopt temperature scanning along with other security measures to slow down the spread and reduce exposure.
Temperature Scanning in the Future
The increasing adoption of thermal scanning will continue rising with the rise of global pandemic. Even in 2021 and beyond, it is not going to stop the global market of body temperature scanners. Even though the vaccine finally arrives, it will not be distributed on a large scale so soon. The world will still be feeling the effects of the virus for over 6 months even after containing it. Hence, manufacturers and suppliers will be required to plan properly and keep track on the situation to balance the high demand with its decline. Some companies may choose to keep using temperature scanners even after the pandemic. But the demand will be significantly lower than during the pandemic.
With an overall hike of $112 million in market value by 2024, the industry will still witness the growth of over 10% in 2020. There has been tremendous growth in the usage of temperature monitoring devices globally in various organizations, airports, and public places. Asia is also the next market to witness its growth where countries will be working hard to control the pandemic.
When there is so much uncertainty in reopening strategies, challenges in logistics, and health risks related to infection rates in countries, it is not going to be easy for a country to operate successfully and without any risks. But the industry is still going to benefit in the short term. Companies can get more opportunities and evolve considering the public policies, market demand, and condition of the COVID-19.
Despite all the matters regarding privacy and efficiency, the temperature monitoring system is still being adopted by the organizations, businesses, and governments worldwide as one of the best measures to prevent and control COVID-19. Even those organizations skeptical in doing so are using this technology. It seems that this technology will be used for a long time to ensure safety of the public as well as staff even when the treatment will be available.