It is known that the thermometer cannons used on the front lines of the outbreak are insufficient.
It has become a distinctive picture of a Corona virus outbreak in China: a masked official aiming for what appears to be a small white pistol on a traveler’s forehead.
For weeks, these sinister devices have been deployed to checkpoints across China – a number of apartment buildings, apartment complexes, hotels, grocery stores, and train stations – as government officials and private citizens examine people for fever in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
But experts say “heat guns” are unlikely to stop the outbreak.
Thermometers determine temperature by measuring the heat emitted from a person’s body surface. However, more often than not, those who use tools don’t keep them close to the front of the topic, which generates unusually low temperature readings, or keeps them very close and gets a high reading. Measurements can be inaccurate in certain environments, such as a dusty roadside, or when someone is taking a medicine to suppress a fever.
“These devices are not known and are reliable,” said James Lawler, medical expert at the University of Nebraska’s World Health Center. “Some of them are quite frankly displayed.”
China has reported more than 2,000 new cases and 139 deaths, mostly in Hubei.
Injuries and deaths continued to rise after the government changed this week the standards for cases. Early Saturday, officials reported 2,641 cases of Coronavirus and 143 other deaths in the past 24 hours.
Most new cases and deaths were reported in Hubei Province, epidemic center
In all, more than 66,000 people were injured and at least 1,523 people died worldwide. The vast majority of cases, with all but a few deaths, were present in mainland China, where there was a heavy concentration there in Hubei, the epidemic center.
The number in Hubei jumped significantly on Thursday after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for calculating new cases. The government now takes into account cases diagnosed in clinical settings, including the use of CT scans, and not only those that have been confirmed using specialized testing tools.
The boot camp is raising the spirits of the talented young violinist.
Anthea Creston, a famous American violinist, offers lessons for Yoonhi Tang, a 14-year-old talented Chinese, via Skype once a week since last summer. But there seemed to be something wrong this month: He didn’t practice, and he was always doing it.
The young man, who prefers the name Kevin, lives in Chengdu, one of the dozens of Chinese cities that are in a state of mystery due to the Corona virus crisis. Schools are closed for the rest of the month and most companies struggle to reopen. Kevin’s family is healthy, but he is mostly stuck inside.
Mrs. Creston said that she couldn’t stop thinking about Kevin, and she decided to help lift his mind off the lock. I sent letters to his family and asked if they would like to escalate Kevin’s lessons temporarily at no additional cost. As long as it was closed indoors, she wanted to be in daily contact with him and ran a kind of violin boot camp. The family agreed.
Kevin’s challenge is to learn a new concert – “Symphonie Espagnole” from Lalo – in a few weeks, which she said usually takes 100 days. Mrs. Christon also gave him daily exercises to practice.
Two weeks after the boot camp, Kevin feels much better, although he longs to go abroad. He now trains four hours every day, saying that his style has improved and his voice has become more beautiful.
“The virus is terrible, but music gives us confidence to overcome it,” Kevin said.
Sick illness while on vacation in Hawaii.
Health officials said the man who fell ill while on vacation in Hawaii had tested positive for corona virus. The man, who is in his sixties, has returned to his home in Japan, where he received the diagnosis this week.
The man, who traveled to Hawaii with his wife in late January and early February, fell ill during the second week of vacation, while the couple were staying on a time shift in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Before that, the couple was in a shelter, but the man did not show any symptoms while he was there.
Officials said the man started showing symptoms on February 3, and wore a mask when he went outside the big ration, Grand Waikikian. Dr. Sarah Park, a state epidemiologist, said that the man was most likely infected either before he came to Hawaii or while he was heading to Hawaii in late January.
Lieutenant Josh Green, an emergency doctor, said in an interview on Friday that the authorities were contacting the administration at the guest facilities where the man was staying, as well as those who were working there.
“The only way to do this is to contact everyone,” he said. “We are not worried about the minimum contact, but those who have been in extensive contact will get any necessary support.”
David Yaffe Pilani, Alex Marshall and Nicholas Bogel Burroughs participated in the reporting.