Hear the Facts About the Highly Contagious Coronavirus and Discover How ICI is Here to Eliminate the Spread of this Deathly Pathogen
2020 Feb 6
by Merissa Kelley, Web Manager, Infrared Cameras Inc.
How Many People has the Coronavirus Affected?
As of today, there have been 563 Deaths out of the 28,018 people that have been infected with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. (The New York Times, 2020 Feb; CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020 Feb) Out of the 1st 100 coronavirus patients, 11 people have died. The numbers show the mortality rate of the coronavirus to be 2.13%. In comparison, Influenza has a 0.1% mortality rate and the Spanish Flu, that killed over 20 million people in 1918, sits at 10%. (Rabin, 2020 Feb)
Not Just in China Anymore
This airborne respiratory virus is very virulent and spreads easily from human-to-human contact. (Rabin, 2020 Feb) After just 10 days since the first case of the coronavirus had been identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, this highly contagious virus is now on American soil. (CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020 Feb) Officials in Wisconsin confirmed their first case of coronavirus on Wednesday, making it the 12th confirmed case of in the United States, including 3 confirmed cases in California and the first in Washington state. (The New York Times, 2020 Feb; Rabin, 2020 Feb)
Exposure and Symptoms of the Fast Spreading Coronavirus
2019-nCoV is capable of a dormant incubation period, anywhere from a few days to two weeks, before the virus makes itself known in the body. Some experts are saying than an infected individual can spread the disease to others before having any symptoms, such as a severe cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and a fever. (Rabin, 2020, Feb) Once a fever has ensued, the virus is much more active and contagious.
What Infrared Cameras Inc Can Do About the Spread of the Coronavirus
Since a vaccine for the coronavirus is still months, and perhaps even years from creation and mass distribution, the only way this virus does not become a worldwide epidemic is to collectively, as a whole, limit the exposure and spread of this airborne pathogen. (Rabin, 2020 Feb)
Infrared Cameras Inc (ICI) manufactures several thermal infrared devices that can help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. With USA’s FDA 510(k) Clearance and compliance testing, these IR cameras are proven to detect elevated skin temperatures brought on by various external causes, such as the coronavirus, with pinpoint accuracy. This makes them a non-invasive first step for febrile detection. Perfect for adjunct use in hospitals, sub-acute health settings, public areas, such as airports and cruise ships, and more. (Food and Drug Administration, 2008); LS Research, LLC, 2007)
“The blessing is we have systems for prevention [since] there is no cure or vaccine [yet],” says Gary Strahan, CEO and Founder of Infrared Cameras Inc.
Infrared Cameras Inc’s Thermal Device Tested and Proven by the FDA
Infrared Cameras Inc, and the more likely heard of infrared company, FLIR, were chosen by the FDA for testing of a febrile screening system. ICI’s thermal device’s sensitivity was < 0.02°C with a pixel resolution of 640 x 480 USB device versus FLIR’s 0.05°C with a pixel resolution of 320 x 240 Ethernet device. The technology was extremely similar with ICI and FLIR playing tug-of-war and alternatingly outperforming the other ever so slightly in various critical categories. (LS Research, LLC, 2007, July 3)
Both Infrared Cameras Inc’s and FLIR’s infrared device, when used in the correct environment, exceeded the ISO 13154 Standard for Human Febrile Temperature Screening. This standard was originally published in 2008 and updated in 2017. (LS Research, LLC, 2007, July 3; ISO/TR, 2009 Apr)
The resulting data has proven that ICI, a “small town” infrared camera manufacturer, is evenly contested with FLIR, a multi-billion dollar company. Even more so, since these tests were conducted, Infrared Cameras Inc has continually improved their human febrile screening system by developing better lenses and perfecting software algorithms, thereby increasing accuracy, ease of use, and reliability.
“I am so impressed by what the ICI team has done. This technology can truly help people and help save lives and that is the bottom line.” – Gary Strahan, CEO and Founder of Infrared Cameras Inc
ICI Vows to Become the World’s Infrared and Thermal Camera Solution Provider
Infrared Cameras Inc has been developing and manufacturing thermal infrared cameras, as well as multi-spectral infrared cameras and complete package systems, since 1995 and is quickly becoming the fastest growing infrared camera manufacturer in the world. Their thermal infrared cameras and systems are perfect for a broad spectrum of industries including medical thermography, precision agriculture (thermal UAV systems for drones), industrial thermography, electrical thermography, or process control. Their goal is to competitively supply the needs of their customers with top of the line infrared cameras. (Infrared Cameras Inc, 2020 Feb)
Does the Name Infrared Cameras Inc and the Phrase Febrile Screening Sound Familiar?
Infrared Cameras Inc’s febrile screening device was brought to the public’s eye back in 2014 when an outbreak of Ebola, much like what is happening with the Coronavirus, was brought to the world’s attention. CEO and Founder of ICI, Gary Strahan, was interviewed on CNN shortly after the Ebola outbreak started. There is assured the public eye that there was, indeed, a way to eliminate the spread of life-threatening pathogens. (YouTube, 2020 Feb)
Hope and Light Ahead
Thanks to the latest technology and Infrared Cameras Inc‘s febrile screening system, there is a device that, when used adjunctively with other methods of detection, can help stop the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
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LS Research, LLC. (2007, July 3). Compliance Testing of Model ICI 7320. https://infraredcameras.com/white-papers/ICI_FDA-EMC-Test-Report-2007.pdf
ISO/TR. (2009, April 1). Medical electrical equipment — Deployment, implementation and operational guidelines for indentifying febrile humans using a screening thermograph. https://infraredcameras.com/white-papers/ISO_TR_13154_2009.pdf
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YouTube. (2020 Feb) Can an Infrared Camera Help Detect Ebola or the Coronavirus?. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8xqpRexjkU&t=3s