Amazon has installed thermal imaging cameras in some of its divisions. So far, the change has affected about fifty warehouses in the vicinity of Los Angeles and Seattle. It is designed to simplify the process of determining elevated temperatures. Previously, Amazon used thermometers for this.
The device can detect body temperature even in a stream and at a great distance. If the camera determines that the employee has a fever, he will be sent to a test station for additional measurement. Cameras are deployed at the entrances for employees. Other stores in the US have already tried this technology over the past month, but disease experts have warned that this is an imperfect solution.
They noted that temperature does not help determine coronavirus at an early stage. This is one of the most popular symptoms of the disease, but most often it begins to appear only a couple of days after infection. In addition, some people who are sick with coronavirus do not show any symptoms. That is, when the cameras determine the temperature of the employee, this will not help stop the spread of the virus.
Amazon faced criticism from workers during the pandemic. There is at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 in one of Amazon’s stores, but the company decided not to close this facility. Workers at a warehouse in New York went on strike in March.