Amazon using thermal cameras for COVID-19 temperature checks
Amazon is now using thermal cameras to do temperature checks at some of its operations facilities, another move by the company to increase worker protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, following criticism that it wasn't doing enough.
The e-commerce giant first started doing checks in late March, saying in a blog post at the time that workers with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit would be sent home and "only come back to work after they've gone three days without a fever."
The temperature limit was drawn from US Centers for Disease Control guidance, Amazon said.
The temperature checks are part of a series of worker-protection measures Amazon put in placeamid criticism about its handling of the coronavirus crisis. Several Amazon and Whole Foods employees, fearful and frustrated about having to work through the crisis, had earlierorganized walkouts to call for better protections. And organized labor, which doesn't represent Amazon workers in the US, along with advocacy groups and many politicians joined the push to get Amazon to do more for its employees.