COVID-19 Automated Temperature Screening Still a Frontline Defense Even as Vaccines Hold Promise for a Safer New Year
Because a fever is a common symptom of the coronavirus, COVID-19 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
Zyter’s frontline defense – COVID-19 automated temperature screening and more
Despite the positive news of the vaccines, now is not the time to let your guard down against COVID-19. Businesses will need to keep COVID-19 automated temperature screening and other protective measures in place indefinitely to ensure workplace safety. Zyter will continue to provide frontline defense with our ThermalAlert™ body temperature scanner and other proven solutions in the Zyter COVID-19 Suite:
Zyter ThermalAlert™ is a dual spectrum, thermal imaging solution that delivers continuous, real-time, COVID-19 automated temperature screening. It is able to measure the body temperature (between 86 – 113 degrees Fahrenheit) of up to six people simultaneously within the temperature detection zone from a distance of up to 20 feet, much farther than the 1-6 feet industry average of a typical body temperature scanner. Persons are screened with the Zyter ThermalAlert COVID-19 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. If one or more persons are identified by the Zyter body temperature scanner as having an elevated body temperature, they can be redirected by security personnel or an administrator for additional screening.
Zyter Daily Pass™ is an AI-driven, digital health self-assessment survey about possible exposure to COVID-19. 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 are not a known COVID-19 risk by answering “no” to all questions are allowed inside. Those persons who answer “yes” to any questions receive a red pass denying them entrance, and may be redirected for additional screening.
The Zyter Digital Contact Tracing™ solution consists of smart Bluetooth-enable 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 breakout, 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.
The Zyter Enterprise Portal™ provides a comprehensive, holistic view of alerts from the ThermalAlert™ COVID-19 automated temperature screening solution and other data pushed to the cloud from all of the components of the Zyter COVID-19 Suite. 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 COVID-19 events.
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.
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 COVID-19 solutions to help keep your workplace and people protected.
Learn more about Zyter’s COVID-19 automated temperature screening solution and COVID-19 suite at www.Zyter.com/COVID19.
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
- 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;