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The thermometers infer temperature from a portion of the thermal radiation, emitted by the object being measured. This permits temperature measurement without contact with the object to be measured using laser technology.
The FDA says infrared thermometers are an effective way to check someone’s skin temperature while maintaining social distancing. From the nail salon to your favorite restaurant to the local government building, many of us have had our temperatures checked by infrared thermometers.
Normal temperatures for adults range from 97 to 99 with the generally accepted norm of 98.6.
There are various reasons why your skin surface temperature may go up, including the weather. If it’s very warm outside or sometimes even just getting into cars. Cars can be warm inside, and if you haven’t had a chance to kind of cool down it can affect your temperature and make your reading be inaccurate in terms of it being falsely elevated. If you exercise a few hours before the temperature is taken, your temperature can be around 99.5 which is considered normal. It just goes up with more activity.
So, the temperature warms up, and if we are more active, it can go up. The expert's recommendation is, before you get your temperature taken, just take a moment to let your body rest before going into a restaurant or store.
By the way, wearing a face mask does not affect your temperature according to experts. Your temperature has not gone up, just because you feel warmer
Thermometers are generally a good way to screen for temperatures quickly, even if they are not a silver bullet. But they give you a good picture if you are sick and if you are having a slightly higher temperature than normal.
Also, it's a fact that thermometers do not get everyone infected because a third of people are going to be asymptomatic. It means they won’t have a fever or their temperature won’t even be slightly elevated and they may not have some of the other symptoms either. This makes the Coronavirus so dangerous.