An Indian hospital is using robots with thermal cameras to screen coronavirus patients — here's how they work
Mary MeisenzahlMay 9, 2020, 18:08 IST
Even the most accurate thermometers aren't a perfect measure to stop the virus, though. Infected people can go up to 14 days without showing symptoms, and some people never develop symptoms.
Some experts have suggested that temperature guns are not always accurate because they must be held at a specific distance, but the tablet mostly avoids that problem by instructing patients on where to stand.
After receiving a temperature reading, the robot gives the patient instructions for their next steps.
Using this information, healthcare providers can send patients to the appropriate specialist, and patients who are unlikely to have coronavirus won't be unnecessarily exposed.
A thermal camera-equipped robot takes a patient's temperature without needing to touch them.
A tablet on one robot's chest allows doctors to video chat with patient without putting their own health at risk.
The robots are a safer way for doctors to perform initial screenings of patients.