Temperature Screening K3, one of the lowest cost temperature screening systems, 90%+ less expensive than most ‘fever cameras’.
Why Temperature Screening K3?? because they were contact-free, available in the quantity they required, quick to ship, and accurate. They are using the devices as personal temperature stations for daily check-ins as opposed to fever screening for entry to buildings, in line with CDC guidelines.
The daily check-ins are also only part of their coronavirus safety plan that involves testing, social distancing, masks, travel restrictions, infrastructure changes, contact tracing, and quarantining.
K3 fairly accurate and easy to use despite being one of the cheapest options at ~$100. Comparably to handheld IR guns in temperature-controlled areas and were more accurate than most of the alternatives we tested. K3s work well in a temperature-controlled environment but suffer from poor accuracy in heated or humid rooms. In addition, false-positives can be triggered by people measuring their temperature after sweating or being outside in the sun because they measure the forehead. K3s are easy to use and convenient because they are contact-free and can be used without a second person.
Placement was based on foot traffic patterns and population density of the buildings/areas.
This is notably different from many places that use temperature screening for entry to buildings and matches CDC guidelines:
Screening and health checks are not a replacement for other protective measures such as social distancing.
Consider encouraging individuals planning to enter the workplace to self-screen prior to coming onsite.
Prevention is using testing, social distancing, masks, travel restrictions, infrastructure changes, contact tracing and quarantining as well as daily symptom check-ins as coronavirus prevention measures.
Screening symptoms of COVID is one part of the response to our pandemic plan.
Prior to entering campus or leaving dorms, students and staff have to complete health questionnaires. Conducting regular random PCR tests and are regularly cleaning surfaces plus have installed higher-rated filters for their HVAC systems. Quarantining and testing everyone on arrival to premises. They have established guidelines for mask-wearing and social distancing. They have also limited the number of Visitors who can return to ensure social distancing and quarantining is possible. More information is available on their website.
Fever Camera Comparison
With 32 devices, fever cameras would have cost the College ~$300,000 vs the ~$3,000 they paid for all of the K3s they bought.
More importantly, like many college campuses, distributed across dozens (if not hundreds) of buildings that student, faculty, and staff move about.
Temperature Screening K3 Thermometer Contact-Free Health Screening COVID-19 Symptoms
What are the questions that must be answered as part of the Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA)?
The questions, as set out in New Hampshire state guidance, are:
- Do you have any new symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Fever (a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or feeling feverish;
- Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath;
- General body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; and
- Changes in your sense of taste or smell.
- Have you been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days? (NOTE: Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment are not considered to have a close contact exposure and should answer “No” to this question.)
- In the past 14 days have you traveled outside of the following states?