News of cancelled sporting events, interrupted travel, closed schools and postponed business events inundate our TV screens, our email, and our minds. We’re told to shelter-in-place, and only venture out for essential purposes. We’re reminded that while we’re out, we need to practice “social distancing” to protect ourselves and others. We’re experiencing an unprecedented time of stress and worry, anxiety and illness. At times we’re feeling alone. Many of us really are alone - for days on end – while we await an end to this trying time.

Fortunately, our hard choices have a purpose. We know that disease spreads faster in densely populated areas, so there’s hope that, by distancing ourselves from each other, our country (and the world) will eventually turn the corner. Large gatherings, such as conventions, are perhaps the quickest vehicle for enabling viruses to do what they do best – replicate. Why is this the perfect backdrop for the spread of disease? When people get together, they’re usually happy, excited even. Good hygiene is often forgotten. The hand you shake was sneezed in five minutes earlier. The person sitting next to you coughs into the air, instead of the bend of their arm. Someone goes to the restroom, and in their haste to return to the event, forgets to wash their hands. The server is not quite over the flu when he handles your meal.

How do you prevent the spread of illness at the event you’re hosting? One idea is to search for information about outbreaks in the cities or regions from which attendees are traveling. “The information takes the form of official government reports of disease events, and using Internet-based tools such as websites, blogs and social media.” (Mass gatherings pose threat to the spread of infectious disease,” Infectious Disease News, March 2012.) Armed with this information, a strategy can be developed to identify those with illness, and separate them from the rest of the attendees.

One way of identifying participants with illness is to take their temperatures, since many illnesses present with fever as an early symptom. This simple, yet crucial step could be the difference between a successful event and one that will be talked about for all the wrong reasons. A non-contact forehead thermometer is an effective tool for helping to control the spread of disease. A device that is FDA approved for taking human temperatures can be trusted to safely capture the data needed to make critical decisions. Further, when certified as a medical device, a thermometer is guaranteed to be a reliable product that will not cause injury. This type of device is an excellent choice for quickly screening large groups of people, while providing you with the information needed to separate those who are sick.

The ability to easily scan multiple people within a relatively short amount of time, makes non-contact forehead thermometers especially useful. A device with data storage eliminates the need to manually record temperature measurements, and ease of use is important during emergent situations. The ability to perform large numbers of temperature readings, due to a large capacity, is a must-have. Features like a backlit LCD display for areas with poor lighting, as well as an alarm to alert users when a temperature reading is outside of the normal range, are particularly helpful. Access to high-quality tools at crucial times is important for any business. DeltaTrak’s Non-Contact Infrared Forehead Thermometer, Model 15007, is ingenuity at its best.