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The effectiveness of non‐contact thermal screening as a means of identifying cases of Covid‐19: a rapid review of the evidence.

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posted on 20.11.2020, 09:15 by Karen Cardwell, Karen Jordan, Paula Byrne, Susan Smith, Patricia Harrington, Mairin Ryan, Michelle O'Neill
The aim of this rapid review is to summarise the evidence on non‐contact thermal screening as a method through which to identify cases and reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid‐19). The rapid review was conducted in accordance with Cochrane guidelines, with a systematic search of published peer‐reviewed articles and non‐peer‐reviewed pre‐prints undertaken from 1 January 2000 up to 7 October 2020. Eleven studies were included. One observational study and two mathematical modelling studies were conducted in the context of the Covid‐19 pandemic; the remaining studies were conducted during the influenza A pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (n ¼ 7) or middle east respiratory syndrome (n ¼ 1) pandemics. One systematic review and three rapid reviews were identified and screened for relevant studies. Evidence on the effectiveness of thermal screening contained within this review was limited to points of entry (i.e., airports); thus the applicability to other community settings is uncertain. Thermal screening, implemented as part of a composite of screening measures (self‐report of relevant symptoms, contact/travel history), was ineffective in identifying infectious individuals and limiting the spread of disease. Based on limited, low certainty evidence, non‐contact thermal screening is ineffective in limiting the spread of Covid‐19.

Funding

Health Research Board. (HRB‐CICER‐2016‐1871)

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The original article is available at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Published Citation

Cardwell K, Jordan K, Byrne P, Smith SM, Harrington P, Ryan M, O'Neill M. The effectiveness of non‐contact thermal screening as a means of identifying cases of Covid‐19: a rapid review of the evidence. Reviews in Medical Virology. 2020;e2192.

Publication Date

7 November 2020

Department/Unit

  • General Practice

Research Area

  • Population Health and Health Services

Publisher

Wiley

Version

  • Accepted Version (Postprint)

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