With the spring semester just getting started and Omicron breaking case records daily, temperature screening in schools has never been more important.
Many schools found it safe to retire their temperature screening kiosks last semester, but now it’s time for them to make a comeback.
Fever is common with the Omicron variant.
All COVID variants so far seem to have similar symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, and possible loss of taste and smell.
When it comes to Omicron in particular, one study in London showed that at least 50% of cases included a fever. With that in mind, checking your students and staff for fever will be vital to keeping them protected this semester.
Most people mistake Omicron for a cold or flu.
Because the symptoms of Omicron are so similar to regular seasonal illnesses, many people assume they just have a cold or flu and will show up to school or work anyway.
This is especially a problem because this variant doesn’t feel like “just a cold” to everybody. Unvaccinated people and those with compromised immune systems are proving to have a much harder time with this variant than the rest of the population, causing our hospitals to become overwhelmed.
That being said, staying home when you’re sick and temperature screening students and staff as they enter your school have never been more important.
Minimal mask mandates mean extra precautions need to be taken.
As of today, January 20, 2022, less than half of our 50 states have mask mandates. The only ones that are requiring them so far are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.
Without masks, Omicron, the most transmissible variant thus far, only has a greater chance of spreading and infecting more students. This is where temperature screening kiosks can really come in handy.
As of now, the U.S. does not require temperature screening in the workplace, but the following states do at least recommend it: Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina (for restaurants only), Utah, and Virginia.
Regardless of your state’s requirements and/or recommendations, the best way to keep your students and staff safe this semester is by implementing temperature screening kiosks like SafeScreen. Order yours today from Quality Face Wear to take advantage of our sale!