Doctors Say Taking Temperature Isn’t a Good Test for COVID-19, But Schools and Doctors Keep Doing It
While thousands of doctor’s offices and schools across the country take people’s temperatures to see if they are infected with the coronavirus (VIDEO BELOW), doctors and medical groups are saying this isn’t a good diagnostic tool of COVID-19 as many infected children and adults are asymptomatic (don’t get fevers or other symptoms).
The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend universal temperature checks.
Nathaniel Beers, a pediatrician at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, told The Wall Street Journal why:
Thinking that you have done enough by simply screening a child for a temperature is one of those things that we felt created potentially a false sense of security for schools.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends against symptom screening for COVID-19 for school reopenings; a CDC study found that 56% of kids had a fever.