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Automated Temperature Screening Still a Frontline Defense Even as Vaccines Hold Promise for a Safer New Year

Jan 13, 2021

December 2020 has brought the long-awaited arrival of two vaccines deemed effective and approved by the FDA for emergency use to slow the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean the use automated temperature screening or the use of a body temperature scanner in businesses, healthcare facilities, and other public places should be discontinued. While the availability of effective vaccines is the best news the world could have hoped for after nearly a year of living with the anxiety and uncertainty of a global pandemic, it isn’t a license to immediately resume life as it was before COVID-19.

Because a fever is a common symptom of the coronavirus, automated temperature screening has become the norm as businesses seek to remain open and make the workplace safer for employees during the pandemic. Despite the availability of the vaccines, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends monitoring for symptoms such as fever with a body temperature scanner, as well as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing masks to reduce the risk of creating COVID “hot spots” of infections and slow the spread of the virus1.

There are still too many unknowns about the level of protection that the COVID-19 vaccines will provide, as well as other factors to consider, such as the number of people who choose to opt out of getting the vaccine. Moreover, it could take up to six months to a year for the phased distribution of the vaccines to be completed for all persons who want it. In addition, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stated in a November 2020 interview with the American Medical Association (AMA) that the threat of COVID-19 will likely exist for at least the next year or indefinitely despite the availability of vaccines.2

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Zyter’s frontline defense – automated temperature screening and more

Despite the positive news of the vaccines, now is not the time for business to let their guard down. Automated temperature screening and other protective measures should be kept in place indefinitely to ensure workplace safety. Zyter will continue to provide frontline defense with our ThermalAlert™ body temperature scanner and other proven workplace safety solutions:

ThermalAlert

Zyter ThermalAlert™

Zyter ThermalAlert™ is a dual spectrum, thermal imaging solution that delivers continuous, real-time, automated temperature screening. It is able to measure the body temperature (between 86 – 113 degrees Fahrenheit) within the temperature detection zone from a distance of up to 6 feet. Persons are screened with the Zyter ThermalAlert automated temperature screening system as they walk through a building entrance, board a mass transportation vehicle such as a school bus, or drive into a parking lot. With a detection time of less than one second and accuracy of ≤ ± 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the Zyter thermal camera sends smart alerts instantly to monitors at the entrance. While ThermalAlert cameras cannot detect or diagnose COVID-19, when used in accordance with the user manual, they can help detect elevated body temperature for individuals to undergo additional screening. ThermalAlert cameras are not FDA cleared or approved medical devices.

Daily Health pass

Zyter Daily Health Pass™

Zyter Daily Pass™ is an AI-driven, digital health self-assessment survey. Persons upload the Zyter Daily Pass mobile app to their phone, answer the questions, and scan the survey barcode at a digital kiosk at the building entrance before they walk through the body temperature scanner. Individuals who certify that they have not had likely exposure to COVID by answering “no” to all questions are allowed inside. Those persons who answer “yes” to any question receive a red pass denying them entrance, and may be redirected for additional screening.

Daily Health pass

Zyter Digital Contact Tracing™

The Zyter Digital Contact Tracing™ solution consists of smart wireless wristbands worn by employees to track and record real-time data on their proximity to each other on a daily basis. In the event of a COVID-19 case, Digital Contact Tracing data identifies persons who may have been in close contact with the colleague who has tested positive. If an asymptomatic employee on the job, for example, tests positive for COVID-19 at any point, management can access the data within the Zyter Digital Contact Tracing app to immediately see who was in close contact with the infected person over the past 14 days.

enterprise portal

Zyter Enterprise Portal™

The Zyter Enterprise Portal™ provides a comprehensive, holistic view of alerts from the ThermalAlert™ automated temperature screening solution and other data pushed to the cloud from all of the components of the Zyter’s workplace safety solution. This secure, cloud-based Portal allows data to be immediately available and easily accessible by care teams, management, and administrators so that they can respond quickly to any events.

Virtual Rounding

Zyter Virtual Rounding™

Zyter Virtual Rounding™ is Zyter’s telehealth solution featuring multi-party video chat that makes it possible for nurses, residents, medical students, and even the patient’s family members to remotely and safely participate in virtual visits in COVID-19 wards and all other hospital units. More than a secure video chat platform, Zyter Virtual Rounding integrates with the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system to give physicians and care teams real-time access to the patient’s EHR within the Zyter solution’s context-aware video chat as they conduct the virtual health visit.

Zyter can help you create a safer workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but the vaccines offer hope for reducing the severity and the spread of the virus. Today and in years to come, Zyter is here with the technology solutions to help you create a safer workplace for employees and customers.

Learn more about Zyter’s automated temperature screening solution at www.Zyter.com/COVID19.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
  2. Dr. Fauci Offers 2021 Forecast on COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments, https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/dr-fauci-offers-2021-forecast-covid-19-vaccines-treatments;