Keeping your business thriving with the #1 Covid-19 Response SolutionYi Jin, Ph.D.
How the Covid-19 response solution uses cutting-edge technology to keep your employees, clients, and customers as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for all of us. In addition to worrying about the virus itself, we must manage life in this strange new world.
If you’re a business owner or manager, that can be a very challenging endeavor.
First and foremost, you’re concerned about the health and safety of your family, your employees, and your customers. But the answer is not to keep everyone home, which has proven detrimental both to our economy and our collective well-being.
The answer is to resume life, but to do so while aligning with all of the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those guidelines include screening employees, taking temperature checks, requiring masks, and, should someone be diagnosed with COVID-19 performing contact tracing.
The Covid-19 response solution meets all of those requirements—and it does so as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible.
This process begins before an employee even starts the day with a text-based questionnaire that takes less than 30 seconds to complete. After the screening is finished, a QR code appears on the employee’s phone and is used to launch the Turing Scanner.
The employee then stands in front of the scanner, which checks his or her temperature and detects whether a mask is being worn (without making any contact). The scanner generates a badge indicating that the employee is cleared to work. It’s this badge that, in tandem with standard surveillance video, enables efficient contact tracing should the employee become infected with COVID-19.
And it all takes just a minute or two.
Let’s take a closer look at how the whole process works.
CDC Health Questionnaire
Because so many COVID-19 cases are non-symptomatic, the CDC mandates screening as a vital first step in defending against the virus.
But the agency leaves it up to employers to decide how to implement the screening. On one end of the spectrum, a business could simply ask an employee to self-screen at home. On the other end of the spectrum, a business could require an employee to go home for having a chronic cough.
Both approaches can be problematic. The former exposes a business to too much risk while the latter has the potential to send a significant percentage of healthy people home.
The Turing Scanner strikes a balance by optimizing technology to allow the most accurate screening methods to be done with minimal disruption in the workplace.
“Because so many COVID-19 cases are non-symptomatic, the CDC mandates screening as a vital first step in defending against the virus.”
Before entering the workplace, employees text “screening” to (253) 243-0100 to activate the health questionnaire. They are then asked three questions.
- In the past 24 hours, have you had any signs or symptoms of a fever, such as chills, sweats, feeling “feverish,” or having a temperature that is elevated for you or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater?
- Do you have new-onset or worsening of any of the following symptoms in the last 48 hours NOT related to allergies:
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest tightness
- Sore throat or unexplained loss of taste/smell
- Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
- In the last 14 days, have you:
- traveled outside of the United States?
- been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis?
- been notified that you may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Once the employee answers those questions, it’s on to the next step—the temperature check.
(Read more about Turing Scanner Health Questionnaire)
COVID-19 has many possible symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, nausea, and muscle pain. But researchers at the University of Southern California just confirmed a critical finding: Fever is most often the first symptom to appear.
While some businesses try to cover their bases by asking employees to self-check their temperature before coming to work, this approach is only effective if all employees remember to do so on a daily basis.
Other businesses tackle the problem by using hand-held temperature screening devices to check each employee as they arrive at the workplace. This approach, too, is problematic. It requires an administrator to physically do the checks and puts them in close proximity to each individual they check.
The Turing Scanner eliminates both of those problems.
The scanner uses both an advanced thermal sensor and facial recognition technology to provide highly accurate temperature results—and it does so without any contact at all.
“COVID-19 has many possible symptoms, Fever is most often the first symptom to appear.”
Employees simply stand in front of the Turing Scanner, which collects live-streaming images and then uses a patented artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze the images and signal an alert when it recognizes the employee. The algorithm pinpoints the exact spot on the individual’s forehead where the temperature reading yields the highest accuracy. Finally, the scanner triangulates its built-in thermal sensor onto the forehead location and triggers it to collect the subject’s forehead temperature.
The results, which comply with all FDA and CDC regulations, are highly accurate and take less than a half-second to appear.
At the same time, the temperature is being checked, the Turing Scanner is collecting another vital piece of information—if the employee is wearing a mask.
(Read more about Turing Scanner Temperature Screening)
Face Mask Detection
Face masks have become a part of daily life during this pandemic—and for good reason.
A peer-reviewed study from Health Affairs shows that the 15 states that adopted mask mandates early likely prevented up to 450,000 cases of COVID-19. These states have also shown a greater decline in the dily number of new infections than the states that didn’t require masks until after the CDC announced their formal recommendation on July 14.
So there is no question that employees need to be wearing masks. But there is the question of how to ensure that they are. Should your receptionist be responsible for reminding employees to put their masks on? Is it up to shift supervisors? Or do you just trust your employees to follow the rules?
The Turing Scanner eliminates those questions by checking to make sure that a face mask is being worn at the same time that the employee’s temperature check is done. If the employee is not wearing a mask, it will instruct them to do so.
“There is no question that employees need to be wearing masks. But there is the question of how to ensure that they are.”
The process may sound simple—and it is—but the technology behind it is not.
Turing uses an artificial intelligence-assisted video analytics machine integrated with a thermal scanner and a commercial-grade camera system. The result is the highest form of checkpoint health security available.
And it all adds up to a workplace that is as safe as possible. As CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield stated, “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus, particularly when used universally within a community setting.”
(Read more about Turing Scanner Mask Detection)
Despite careful screening, temperature checks, and mask detection, it’s still possible for an employee to contract COVID-19 elsewhere—and bring it to the workplace without knowing it.
And that’s precisely why there has been such a focus on contact tracing.
Contact tracing is the tool designed to prevent one case of COVID-19 from turning into 100. And it’s done by discovering all of the people that may have come into contact with an infected person, contacting them, and helping them decide the next step that is right for their individual circumstances.
Obviously, that’s a challenging task. And, while state governments do have plans in place to conduct contact tracing, the quality and efficiency of those plans vary widely from state to state.
If you’re a business owner, it’s essential that you stop the spread of the virus in your workplace as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The Turing Scanner is designed to do exactly that.
The Turing Scanner can be connected to Turing’s Data Access Management Platform, allowing centralized monitoring of all the scanners that are connected to it. The result is comprehensive real-time alerts and reporting for your company.
“Contact tracing is the tool designed to prevent one case of COVID-19 from turning into 100.”
So if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, managers can use the Turing Platform to launch quick and effective contact tracing, with all the resources they need right at their fingertips.
The result is that contact tracing can be done as quickly as possible, without having to call the infected person and ask them to recall exactly who they came into contact with at work during the previous weeks.
(Read more about Turing Contact Tracing)
Data And Platform Security
There are other devices on the market that offer some of the same features as the Turing Scanner, but the vast majority of them operate on an Android device, which should raise red flags for any IT department. That’s because recent headlines warned that more than a billion Android devices are at risk of being hacked.
In contract, the Turing Scanner uses the Enterprise Class Linux operating system, which is regarded by experts as one of the most secure operating systems available today. The scanner also complies with rigorous security measures, including data encryption, platform penetration testing, and organization data security compliance.
Moving Forward with Confidence
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans and is projected to shrink our economy by nearly $8 trillion over the next decade. It’s also ignited a wave of workplace lawsuits over the issue of employee safety.
The Covid-19 response solution makes it possible to continue doing business in the midst of the pandemic—but in the safest possible way that aligns with all CDC guidelines.
Someday, this will all be behind us. We will share doughnuts in the breakroom and gather at the watercooler. Until then, let’s keep working to support and protect our families, our communities and our country.
Contact us today or check out a demo to see how the Turing Scanner can help safeguard your employees and customers—as well as the future of your business.