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Amazon scans warehouse workers for fevers using thermal cameras

 

Amazon is changing how it identifies sick warehouse workers.

The Jeff Bezos-owned e-commerce giant installed thermal cameras in a handful of its shipping facilities, Reuters reported. Half a dozen warehouses around Los Angeles and Seattle have been equipped with the technology, intended to streamline the process of figuring out who has a fever. Amazon previously used forehead thermometers, but this should be faster.

A thermal camera at work in Spain.
A thermal camera at work in Spain.

Image: David Benito / Getty Images

If a camera determines a worker is running hot, they’re sent to a forehead thermometer testing station to get a more specific temperature taken. They cameras also be deployed at employee entrances to Whole Foods stores. Other grocery stores in the U.S. have tried this over the past month with their customers, but disease experts have warned that it’s an imperfect solution. Read more…

 

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