Over the past few months, the number of global COVID-19 vaccinations have been increasing. But for countries that have limited access to the vaccine, like India, cases have been soaring. Even worse, variant strains of COVID-19 are emerging that threaten the well-being of the entire world, even those who have been vaccinated.
India’s Effect On the World
According to the New York Times, there are about 772,000 new COVID-19 cases that are reported globally each day and nearly half of them are from India. Only 2% of India’s population is vaccinated and that combined with their recent religious festivals have caused the number of cases to explode. However, it’s not just the spread of COVID-19 that the world needs to worry about. A mutating strain has been identified in India, B.1.617, and it has already made its way to 40 other countries, including the United States and the U.K. The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled this strain as a “variant of concern”. This labeling means that B.1.617 is more contagious and more resistant to vaccines or medication.
While health professionals state that the current vaccines are enough to protect vaccinated people from contracting these new variant strains, non-vaccinated people are at risk of catching a more aggressive form of COVID-19. Not only that, the world may soon face a vaccine shortage. India produces more than 60% of all of the vaccines that are sold globally but with a significant amount of workers unable to work, vaccine production may come to a halt. This vaccine shortage will result in less vaccinations and more chances for new variants to form. And there’s no promise that the current vaccine will be enough to combat those COVID-19 strains.
Prevention Products from 2M
Many countries who have had access to the vaccines are rushing to reopen and get back to normal, but professionals state that “COVID-19 isn’t gone anywhere until it’s gone everywhere”. There’s still a significant percentage of the world that are not vaccinated yet and may not be for awhile. Every person must do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves from the mutating variants. Wearing masks and checking temperatures are all health protocols that we must still practice everyday and 2M carries a wide range of products that can make the enforcement easier.
Individual Temperature Screening Devices
These temperature scanning devices from 2M are small and perfect for individual screening. They’re contactless and detect temperature instantly. These devices would be good to use in restaurants, stores, and any other place with light foot traffic. They can even be used for personal usage to monitor body temperature.
Mass Temperature Screening Devices
A common problem with temperature screening is that crowds can develop at entrances due to slow screening. To combat this issue, we carry mass temperature screening cameras that can read the temperatures of multiple people at a time. We also have a walk-through metal detection gate that can simultaneously scan body temperature to keep foot traffic moving. These devices would be good for large events like music festivals, sports events, etc. or any area where heavy foot traffic is common.
Mask Detection Devices
Temperature is important to check to prevent infection, but so is mask usage. 2M’s unique terminals are capable of detecting body temperature and mask usage instantly. They’re a great way to screen visitors upon entry in places like hospitals, offices, hotels, etc. The original terminal can be installed on doors to control access while the mini terminals can be placed on reception desks to allow visitors to screen themselves while checking in.
Access Control Devices
2M has also integrated our special terminals with our turnstiles. Turnstiles have long been used to control access into buildings, but implementing the terminals allow the users to secure their buildings while also keeping out infections. We carry a wide variety of turnstiles so you can find the right one to use in any environment, like corrections facilities, transportation stations, and office buildings. But if you’re having trouble deciding on a turnstile, take our short quiz below to see which turnstile would be the best option for you.
The current situation in India has proved the COVID-19 is not going anywhere soon. In fact, the virus is mutating into new variants that may soon affect the world more than before. But we can control the spread by being diligent about checking temperatures and wearing masks which can be done more effectively and easier with the help of devices from 2M. If you would like to see these products in action, then schedule a FREE live demo today!