Non-contact temperature measurement devices might not be very useful in schools - CDC

  • 2020-08-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Non-contact temperature measurement devices might not prove particularly useful, and the necessity to install them at schools should be carefully assessed, Ilona Liskova, deputy director for development and epidemiological safety at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) said today at a conference organized by the Education and Science Ministry. 

The CDC representative said that in order to measure kids' body temperature before they enter the school building, it is first necessary to figure out what steps will be taken if a child happens to run a temperature. If the child has arrived at school unaccompanied by an adult, the school cannot leave them outside. Such a child has to be placed in a separate room and their parents have to be contacted. 

Liskova also indicated that non-contact temperature measurement devices sometimes produce incorrect results, which means that a repeat measurement would be needed if someone seems to have a fever.

Furthermore, to measure schoolchildren's body temperature as they enter the school will result in the kids and employees crowding at the door, which is not desirable. 

"I would not emphasize measuring body temperature at the school entrance as a very effective measure, because temperature can jump in the middle of the day," the CDC representative said. 

Liskova said at the conference that of the all Covid-19 cases confirmed in Latvia so far, over 30 percent are imported cases. Statistics on Covid-19 infections in children reveal that 83.7 percent of the infected children had symptoms, while 16.3 percent were asymptomatic.