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Navy Researchers Develop New Sensor to Measure Temperature From Long Distance

Navy Researchers Develop New Sensor to Measure Temperature From Long Distance

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020 - 06:00
A woman has her temperature taken in front of a store during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy May 18, 2020. (Reuters)

A US research team has devised a new temperature scanning sensor that detects fever from a long distance to help contain the coronavirus.


The researchers said the sensor developed at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Crane, Indiana, can detect temperatures in a crowd and from a long distance.


The Phys.org website cited Stacy Burris from the Greene County General Hospital licensed to use the new sensor, saying: "The new development will cause less interruption in normal operations and allow for more social distancing between staff and anyone coming into the hospital. That could mean less screening staff."


"This technology was made for sailors and Department of Defense civilians, but has applicability just about anywhere," said researcher Jenna Dix from the Navy lab's Tech Transfer Office.


Fever is one of the main indicators of the COVID-19 infection.


The US has suffered more than 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, adding to the one million globally.


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