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The challenge of measuring body temperature and the approach of the medical professionals

23. 12. 2020 Digital

On the global scale, the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare, among other things, the challenge of measuring body temperature as one of the measures for preventing uncontrolled spreading of the disease. Lately, there has been a lot of controversy, mainly regarding mass control at entry points such as airports, large companies, medical and educational institutions, over the application of thermal imaging resp. thermal imaging cameras. For the specifics of the method for measuring temperature in different spots on the face, and application of mathematical models to thus calculate the temperature of the a body` core have yet not been finalized from the aspect of precision and traceability. This is what the experts will have to work on in the future.

Igor Pušnik, PhD: "Measuring of body temperature is far from a trivial concept, moreover so in aiming for precise and traceable results in combating a pandemic."



Igor Pušnik, PhD, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering:

"Though fever is no 100% evidence that a person has been suffering from Covid-19, increased body temperature is one of the earliest and most common symptoms of the viral respiratory infections, and, as a consequence, the basis for many screening tests for detecting potential patients. Notwithstanding the apparent simplicity, measuring of body temperature is far from a trivial concept, moreover so in aiming for precise and traceable results."

 

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