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Africa and world powers | Fever screening

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020


The tensions between the two great powers, the United States and China, characterised by a vicious trade war, are deepening at a time when the world economy is reeling because of the COVID-19 crisis. The net effect has been that countries face their worst ever economic crisis. When it comes to African countries, Mzukisi Qobo and Mjumo Mzyece caution against choosing between the US and China. They argue African leaders need to engage with both powers based on pragmatic – rather than ideological – choices.

Across the world, countries have encouraged people to adopt a number of simple measures to try and curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include physical distancing, washing and sanitising hands and wearing masks. As lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, and more and more people leave their homes, another measure is being put in place: fever screening. This has become the norm at the entrance to establishments ranging from hospitals to shops, airports, workplaces and schools. But do they serve any purpose? Andrea Fuller and Duncan Mitchell explain why fever screening isn’t a particularly useful tool against COVID-19.

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A security guard checks the body temperature of a motorcyclist as a preventive measure. Risa Krisadhi/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Detecting fever requires measuring core body temperature. Screening measures the body's surface temperature.

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