Temperature checks for Covid-19 such as those done in government hospitals, schools and public places have once again proven ineffective in detecting coronavirus infections to avoid outbreaks.

According to recent analysis from marine recruits showed that even though none of them barely had symptoms, the recruits transmitted the infection to others amid these precautions and stringent quarantines before they began training. 

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A public health researcher, Jodie Guest not part of this research mentioned that they have spent a lot of time getting interventions like that in place and they’re probably not worth the time as they had hoped.

In this age range, regular monitoring appears to be easier and younger people also have no symptoms. Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and the Naval Medical Research Center had conducted the research. 

It included 1,848 marine recruits, approximately 90 percent of them males, who were ordered to separate themselves at home for two weeks, then at a closed college campus, The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, for two more weeks, in a controlled military quarantine. That involved having a single roommate, wearing masks, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet apart, and doing outdoor training activities. They also had daily tests for fever and symptoms.

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Another research chief, Dr. Stuart Sealfon of Mount Sinai, said the quarantine procedures and commitment to them were much more stringent than what would occur at a normal college campus.

Coronavirus is really deadly. To deter transmission, we really need to use a mix of good public health initiatives, temperature checks, mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and rigorous monitoring.

“The case indicates that young, stable people, sometimes quietly, will lead to the spread of infection in the population,” Dr. Nelson Michael of the Walter Reed Army Research Institute wrote in a commentary.