During the Covid-19 pandemic, identifying infected individuals has been one of the biggest challenges. The fastest test can return results in about 15 minutes, but in some cases results can take a week. With the inability to identify coronavirus outside a test, febrile screenings have become one of the only methods to quickly spot those who may have a symptom of the virus. Infrared technology is fast becoming the preferred method of detection in areas where people congregate. As stores, restaurants, schools and offices reopen, they have turned to infrared technology to help identify fevers, one of the virus’ primary symptoms. And essential workplaces and companies like Amazon have used thermal screening technology throughout the pandemic in an effort to help keep workers safe. Thermal cameras are nothing new. They were used in a similar manner during outbreaks of SARS, MERS and swine flu. Now, demand for infrared technology is at an all time high. The infrared camera market is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2026, up from $6 billion in 2019, according Global Market Insights. What was once a niche industry has suddenly been overwhelmed with demand.
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