More Companies Are Using Technology To Monitor For Coronavirus In The Workplace

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Flight crew walk past thermal cameras that check passengers’ body temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport on June 23. As businesses look to reopen, technology firms are offering an array of monitoring systems to try to control the coronavirus.

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In March, Dr. Achintya Moulick found himself at the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic. He overseas three CarePoint Health hospitals in northern New Jersey and in the early days of the pandemic, they were swamped. “We had no idea what this infection was all about,” he says. One of the first challenges was screening patients for COVID-19 even before they entered the hospital. “One day I saw a big line outside the entrance of the hospital,” he says. “And they were manually checking everybody’s temperature.”

Moulick thought this was crazy. “The lines were all the way out to the garage,” he says. The process was diverting his frontline staff, burning through precious personal protective equipment and creating a bottleneck of potentially infectious patients outside his door. So he hired a company that uses thermal scanners to take the temperature …

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