Temperature Guns do Not Cause Health Issues

Infrared light from temperature gun not harmful says Barbados COVID-19 Monitoring Unit, Ronald Chapman (Photo via Barbados Today)

(Barbados Today) Barbadians have been advised to ignore a message circulating on social media warning them about the danger of having temperature guns pointed at the forehead.

The social media spokesman, who claims to be quoting an Australian nurse, suggested that it was less harmful for the temperature to be taken at the wrist or elbow since there were potential health issues caused by aiming the infrared gun at the pineal gland, located in the brain.

Head of the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit, Ronald Chapman, has debunked the assertion that the infrared light from the temperature gun causes any damage to the pineal gland, or was harmful in any way.

Mr. Chapman, who is also Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, stated: “The infrared light that you get from a temperature gun is … much less than the infrared light you get from the sun every day … and we live here in Barbados where we get over 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, and our pineal glands have not been destroyed.”

Read more at: Barbados Today

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