An alternative approach to temperature screening

When DORSCON Orange was activated, workplaces have to activate temperature screening of their workers. Schools have to activate screening of their students. This has caused long queues and chaos at many locations.

The chaos can be described as “teething problems” and after a while, the problems can be sorted out. However, it will continue to require a lot of time to be spent by staff and teachers to carry out the daily temperature screening. Worse, it may not achieve the purpose of identifying people who are infected with the virus and sending them for treatment.

The same person may have to be screened several times during a day, e.g. at the workplace and the mall. Some people may not be screened as they do not visit the places that require screening.

I suggest an alternative approach to handle the temperature screening more efficiently.

a) The task of temperature screening should be handled by a central authority, e.g. the ministry of health.

b) The screening authority can set up 2,500 locations for people to carry out their screening once in two days. Each screened person is given a sticker that allows him to have access to any controlled place during the next two days.

c) If a person has a high temperature, he is allowed to visit a facility to have a second level check, free of charge. This check is to confirm if the person is infected (if such a test is possible) or if the temperature is indeed at a high level. If so, the person is referred to a hospital for a more thorough investigation.

d) The check at the second level facility and the treatment in the hospital will be free of charge. This will encourage people to come forward to be checked. It is for their own personal health and well being and also to stop the possible infection of other people.

From what I know about the spreading of the coronavirus, there is a long period where a person is infected before he or she becomes seriously ill. It is important for regularly checking of temperature to catch this infected person at an early stage.

The current strategy to quarantine a person for 14 days may be costly and not effective. Similarly, the work of contact tracing may also be quite tedious and may not yield sufficient useful result. This is partly due to the long time that it may take for the virus to produce symptoms.

It is better to organize the checkers under a central body, rather than to have decentralized checking, to ensure quality of the screening and to reduce duplication of screening. The total effort will be less than the effort that is required to be taken under the decentralized approach.

I hope that the ministry of health will consider this approach and organize the centralized approach.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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12 Responses to “An alternative approach to temperature screening”

  • Out of date article:

    Ah Tan, you are really out of date and your article is really very shallow.

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  • Bapak:

    Hahahaha Mr. Tan, you still don’t know the DNA of PAP, how they work? They will sub-con it out and cause the taxpayer’s money. I really don’t know what to say..

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  • TKL zip up:

    Obviously this TKL needs to be slammed to keep his uncalled for and unqualified suggestion to himself and be taught to be more responsible as he should knows that unnecessary stupid suggestion from un-knowledgeable person like himself may actually cause more harm to the public than good?

    read what the 4 medical practitioners said; Hence, the false, made believe temperature screening may actually be more harmful than good, permeate and promote more silent infection. Without further knowledge of the virus, wouldn’t it be better not to suggest irresponsibly and zip-up himself.

    The 4 medical practitioner also highlighted how “things are not so straightforward” with the Covid-19 as it was with Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARs) coronavirus in 2003.

    The practitioners pointed out that “as this virus is said to be milder, infected people with no symptoms could transmit the virus to others silently. A certain percentage will developing deadly disease.” and warned that temperature screening works less well to identify those infected.

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  • wear mask before kenna:

    this tan kin lian sure shameless.

    not even a graduate, certainly not a certified medical doctor, opens his mouth to show everyone his pea brain.

    why is he so?

    because of insecurity. he knows he is kosong up there. but want to show something, anything. so he makes a fool of himself.

    his life is a waste of oxygen in the air.

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  • Mask and thermometers sold out:

    Agreed with the courageous 4 that mask provide double protection for user and others. Just that no mask avail and we dont know how to diy mask. Gov still adamant about not wearing mask. Let the local transmission continues and see if gov will again u turn. Always blaming the citizens and asking help and volunteers from sporeans. What have they done? Basic preparedness not there. Hospitals and polyclinics put notice all masks and thermometers sold out!

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  • Covid19:

    Not a good idea. The MoH is not SAF. Where to find MoH staff for 2,500 locatiion to do “centralised” temperature taking. At least 5,000 staff needed and 2,500 temperature sensors and record keeping laptops. 2,500 locations may not be enough even, people will be highly inconvenienced rushing to a centre every two days. We are supposed to reduce congregating and Tkl is recommending centralising people every two days. The current decentralised system is perfectly fine. below is an interesting video

    https://youtu.be/z9EIyaCpmck
    https://youtu.be/z9EIyaCpmck

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  • opposition dude:

    “there is a long period where a person is infected before he or she becomes seriously ill. It is important for regularly checking of temperature to catch this infected person at an early stage.”

    Let’s be frank, if you don’t show any symptoms you assume you are fine until you have the symptoms. Asking people to get their temperature taken several times a day is just inconvenient. Who has got so much time to do so?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    TKL must have the virus and it has affected his brain. He is talking nonsense. A person can be infected by the virus and spreading it without showing symptoms like high fever.

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  • Steven:

    Personally, I have no problem with anybody giving suggestions even TKL (who, to me, is a pseudo intellectual)

    The thing is that he thinks that all his suggestions are brilliant and must be acted upon.

    I would urge him to refrain from having an inflated sense of importance and realise that he actually is very ordinary (and that is not necessarily a bad thing)..but he must start to behave like an ordinary person too.

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  • Bapak:

    Bro, I read him differently from others. He is looking for a job.

    Steven:
    Personally, I have no problem with anybody giving suggestions even TKL (who, to me, is a pseudo intellectual)

    The thing is that he thinks that all his suggestions are brilliant and must be acted upon.

    I would urge him to refrain from having an inflated sense of importance and realise that he actually is very ordinary (and that is not necessarily a bad thing)..but he must start to behave like an ordinary person too.

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  • Harder Truths:

    TKL

    I have a REALLY BIG thermometer just for you. Guess where it goes?

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  • Darth Vader:

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution:
    TKL must have the virus and it has affected his brain. He is talking nonsense. A person can be infected by the virus and spreading it without showing symptoms like high fever.

    Two words: WHAT BRAIN????!!!! tkl has been posting crap ever since day 1!!!! Really, I cannot understand WHY TRE keeps publishing this ib IMBECILE’S bullshit!!!!

    The best approach to take with tkl’s lunatic ravings are exactly that: dismiss them as the ravings of a lunatic!!!!

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