Amazon using thermal cameras for COVID-19 temperature checks

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Amazon using thermal cameras for COVID-19 temperature checks

The e-tailing giant is using the cameras at some of its operations facilities to ease the process of screening employees for fever related to the coronavirus.

Thermal imaging in use at the entrance to a hospital in Spain. Amazon says it’s now using thermal cameras at some of its operations sites to help protect employees by screening for fever.

Amazon is now using thermal cameras to do temperature checks at some of its operations facilities, another move by the company to increase worker protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, following criticism that it wasn’t doing enough.

The e-commerce giant first started doing checks in late March, saying in a blog post at the time that workers with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit would be sent home and “only come back to work after they’ve gone three days without a fever.” The temperature limit was drawn from US Centers for Disease Control guidance, Amazon said.

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