Eleven airports in the United States are using these temperature checks as part of expanded screening for novel coronavirus, and those measures might seem reassuring. If someone doesn’t have a fever, it seems like they’re fine — right?
While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has screened more than 30,000 passengers in the past month, not a single US coronavirus case has been caught by airport temperature checks, according to a CNN investigation…
“I don’t think airport temperature checks have any major effect on stopping or even slowing down transmission,” said Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. “We just don’t have any good data to support that.” […]