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Your link isn't consistent with what you're claiming. The link says that the check will pick up on some proportion of covid cases but not all, with some speculation about how this might lead to a false sense of security. One of the people interviewed says they have a net benefit and provide some additional layered protection (low cost, low benefit).

The "false sense of security" argument, presented without data, was also used against masks in the spring of 2020.
If, as the link says, as many as half the infectious people are not detected, the environment that is supposedly made safe by this type of screening will remain distinctly unsafe. That's all there is too it. Will it be twice as safe if half the infectious people are screened out? Not really. Contagion doesn't work that way.

Taking temperatures is NOT a way to keep an environment safe and nobody should delude themselves into thinking it is. It's just something to make the management of the space feel like they are accomplishing something.
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And driving the speed limit and being a defensive driver and wearing a seat belt doesn't guarantee you won't get in a wreck and die.


When did we become a nation of fools who think they need 100% assurance they will never ever be put at any risk?
The analogies don't work. It may take only one germ-spewing infectious person in a room to infect most of the other people in it. That you screened out another germ spewer who had a fever doesn't matter.

Driving safely and wearing a seat belt may be additive in what they add to your safety but putting only half as many infectious people in a space does not come close to cutting the risk of being in that space in half.

If taking temperatures were highly effective in finding the infected, it might make sense even though not perfect, but 50% is nowhere near good enough for this purpose even to make a modest difference.

Again, it's not exactly equivalent but recall that Tony Fauci said sometime last year before we had data on the vaccines that the FDA would likely require 70% efficacy to approve them. Had they been only 50% effective, they would not have been approved (even if the vaccine had been extremely safe with almost no side effects). When it comes to a highly transmissible airborne pathogen that can be transmitted to a high percentage of people with whom one infected person comes into contact, you need a high degree of effectiveness in the methods you are using against it and taking temps doesn't cut it.
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