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Many Thermometers Being Used To Test For Fever Associated With Coronavirus Are Inaccurate

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

If you have children, there’s a good chance that you have 15 different types of thermometers around.

And, it’s possible that you don’t actually trust any of them. While they can give a pretty good reading as to whether or not your child is feverish, sometimes they can be off by a few degrees. Especially if you place them on different parts of their forehead.

As it turns out, a lot of the thermometers used on travelers are also inaccurate. Passengers who travel to areas where there’ve been coronavirus outbreaks have been tested for signs of fever using thermometers that, according to an expert who spoke to Inside Edition, can be up to 7 degrees off.

Many of the thermometers used on these individuals are better equipped to test the temperature of plumbing pipes. That’s a little scary when there’s a health crisis happening.

Only medical-grade thermometers will give an accurate reading when it comes to figuring out a human’s temperature, especially regarding fevers that signal possible infection with coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. These thermometers must be pressed on someone’s skin. That means that anything that uses a laser from a distance won’t give an accurate reading. But there’s a big reason why these might not be in use all that often. They need to be sterilized after every use.

Coronavirus is becoming even more of a threat. Just recently, American passengers had to be evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is currently docked in Yokohama, Japan. According to USAToday, 542 cases of coronavirus were identified.

Watch the video to hear more from passengers and see the type of medical-grade thermometer that works best.

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