I understand there is a few videos circulating on the internet regarding temporal temperature reading.  One in particular, through change.org, states that this method of taking temperatures, has been concerning to an Australian nurse because it:

  • Desensitizes us to gun violence; and
  • Does something to our pineal gland

Social media posts circulating widely on Facebook in July 2020 falsely suggested the thermometers are aimed at the same “exact point” as the pineal gland and could be exposing it to some sort of harmful radiation or infrared light.  When you continue reading the article, it spells out exactly what the pineal gland is, and why it’s important, but does not link any damage to it by infrared thermometers


Infrared thermometers do not emit radiation; they sense heat emitted by the body. They pose no risk to the pineal gland, which is located deep within the brain, according to Dr. Haris Sair, director of neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins University.  Infrared thermometers are meant to pick up the natural infrared wavelengths that your body emits, Sair said. They don’t send infrared light or wavelengths into the body.  Regardless, as mentioned above, the forehead is also not particularly close to the pineal gland which is located deep within the brain, past several centimeters of brain tissue. The thermometers are designed to pick up surface temperatures. 

I realize that the pandemic has spawned a whole online industry of conspiracy promotion, that makes 100’s of Millions of dollars for their authors but we need to focus on the information provided by the health care professionals that we know and trust as well as the epidemiological organizations that are entrusted with guiding us through the pandemic. 

Everyone entering Fairhaven is required to have their temperature taken in accordance with the equipment’s instruction.  If this step is refused, the person will not be allowed to enter the building.

Please consider all Fairhaven COVID-19 Employee Bulletins to be official notifications of consultation with the Fairhaven Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

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