Coronavirus Outbreak

It has been reported in the media this week that nine people in China have died from contracting Coronavirus and more than 400 other persons have been infected with this dangerous virus.

The Coronavirus produces a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever, that can lead to pneumonia. The virus can be spread through direct contact with an infected person.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is meeting today in Geneva to debate whether a global emergency needs to be declared over the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Westminster has previously supplied their WG520 Fever, Coronavirus Flu, Ebola Fever Screening Detection Systems to Airports, Ports and Government facilities throughout the World when there has been outbreaks of Ebola, Common influenza, SARS and other flu variants such as Avian flu, Bird and Swine flu etc.

Thermal imaging as a fever screening tool is used as a first level mass screening test that is sensitive and accurate at identifying all individuals that are above normal temperature and have a systemic fever.  The initial screening provides little or no inconvenience or interruption of movement for the majority of people being screened.

How does the Westminster WG520 detect the possible presence of these viruses?

The normal human body temperature ranges between 36.1°C to 37.2°C (97°F to 99°F).

The Westminster WG520 consists of a portable rapid deployable specialised high sensitivity Infra-Red Camera together a laptop and software. The system is usually deployed at passenger entry points and is focused on the face of the target person. It will automatically pick up an increased temperature.

The WG 520 system can be deployed between 1.8 metres (6’) to 10.6 metres (35’) from the target persons and has been designed for screening the rapid movement of multiple people though large areas.

The benefits of covering passenger entry points with the WG 520 system are: –

  • Containment;
  • Deterrent to individuals considering travelling with un-diagnosed symptoms of fever;
  • Flexibility in escalation of screening protocols due to level of risk;
  • Reassurance for other travellers that could be exposed.

For further information on the Westminster range of Fever Scanning systems please visit this link.