Temperature checks have become standard in places like airports or hospitals to determine if an individual may be allowed entry, but the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases cautions that it is not the best way to screen for COVID-19.
Speaking Thursday, Doctor Anthony Fauci stated that the White House and the National Institutes of Health abandoned temperature checks because, as he says, they’re not reliable.
Moreover, Fauci says hot summer days can play a role in the temperature a person presents. He used himself as an example, saying a scan of his forehead stated he had a fever of 103 before he entered an air conditioned building. He says that test picked up the heat from the outdoors.
“We have found at the NIH, that it is much much better to just question people when they come in and save the time, because the temperatures are notoriously inaccurate, many times,” said Fauci.
He is still a firm supporter of wearing face masks, social distancing and handwashing — saying those methods are still the best way to combat the spread of the virus and protect individuals from becoming infected.