Folks please don’t accept everything you read as truth. There is absolutely nothing to worry about when reading temperatures using thermal guns for anyone. The thermometer captures infrared spectra or radiation emitted by the human body through a lens on a sensor. The claim is FALSE. LIGHT TRAVELS 182 miles per second. Some of these infrared thermometers use a laser pointer (some do not), a small light that is not composed of infrared radiation, and that “serves to orient the thermometer towards the part of the body temperature one wishes to measure”, adds the ANSM. They do NOT damage the pineal gland. Note that there is no mention of radiation, the pineal gland or any related risks associated with using non-contact infrared thermometers. inaccurate stories (or media) making the rounds on the internet. 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 measure infrared radiation, they don't emit them. Our pineal glands must be protected as it is crucial for our health both now and in the future. A leading expert in the field dismissed the idea that it could be harmed by the use of such thermometers as "outrageous.". Infrared thermometers do not emit radiation to the brain and pose no risk to the pineal gland. Posts shared more than 5,800 times on Facebook since the end of June claim that using an infrared thermometer to take your temperature risks damaging the pineal gland, located in the brain. 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 red light seen on these devices is just a beam of light to help the user aim it correctly. A viral Instagram post claims infrared thermometers, which are held near the forehead to scan body temperature, direct harmful radiation at the pineal gland. Sudinfo with AFP, I am on AO (Acronym OVERLOAD)! They don’t send infrared light or wavelengths into the body. WE ARE BATHING IN AN OCEAN OF LIGHT. The pineal gland, or epiphysis, is a small gland of about 8 millimeters “which secretes melatonin, a hormone involved in circadian rhythms, that is to say the alternation of phases of sleep and wakefulness [jour-nuit] She has previously worked with Manshuk Securities and Finance as a Derivative Trainee in Delhi. The pineal gland is not shown to scale (it measures approximately 8 millimetres in reality). The infrared contactless thermometer is a gun-shaped device that measures the infrared radiation emitted by a person or an object and converts it into temperature. “Are we being desensitized to be targeted at the head and also causing potential health issues by aiming an infrared ray to the pineal gland?” part of it reads. With such products, manufacturers include warnings to avoid looking directly at the lasers, which can harm the eyes. Spotted something? Nurses have said using the wrist gives a good read. Accompanying the claim are two juxtaposed images: an illustration of brain structures and a photo of someone having their temperature taken. Alumni from IILM Graduate School of Management in Finance, U.P. As these devices measure infrared rays rather than emitting it, the person whose temperature is checked isn't subject to any infrared radiation. The agency also says that it “has not received any report on problems related to the use of this type of thermometer” and that “there is no basis for risks associated with their use”. The uptick in their popularity appears to have coincided with an increase in misinformation about the devices. Our pineal glands must be protected as it is crucial for our health both now and in the future.”. Infrared thermometers used for COVID-19 testing do not pose risk to pineal gland By ALI SWENSON July 28, 2020 GMT CLAIM: Infrared thermometers, which are held near the forehead to scan body temperature without direct contact, point an infrared light directly at the brain’s pineal gland, exposing it to harmful radiation. That post says, in part: As a medical professional, I refuse to directly target the pineal gland which is located directly in the center of the forehead, with an infrared ray. Elsewhere in the video, the anonymous Australian nurse is quoted as saying: I started taking the temperature on the wrist, which turned out to be more accurate given that the forehead is cooler than the wrist and the results differ by more than one degree in some cases. Gabrielle Girardeau, a neuroscience researcher at France’s Inserm institute, told AFP on July 22, 2020, that even if infrared rays were to be directed towards the pineal gland, it is positioned too deeply in the brain for the rays to reach it. The thermometers are designed to pick up surface temperatures. However, most people agree to go through this several times a day! Mounika Dasari is currently working as a Freelance Fact checker at Newsmeter. Some infrared thermometers include a laser to direct the placement of the tool on its target, but it has no purpose related to measuring temperature, according to Robinson. inaccurate stories (or media) making the rounds on the internet. A structure of the diencephalon of the brain, the pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin. A doctor uses an oral thermometer apparently that's not allowed and asking questions makes the dentist uncomfortable. Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, deceptive or “Nothing is happening between the thermometer and the pineal gland.”. The message says the thermometers, commonly used to measure temperature when screening for Covid-19, “target the pineal gland, which is located directly in the centre of the forehead, with an infrared ray”. Earlier French versions of the claim were shared more than 6,000 times on Facebook. When you're a few inches from a person's forehead, you don't need help with aiming and lasers should be kept away from a person's eyes. See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments. How will this repeated use impact on my child? Furthermore, the pineal gland is not near the forehead; it's close to the center of the brain. Some of these infrared thermometers however use a laser pointer, a small light which is not composed of infrared radiation and which “serves to direct the thermometer towards the part of the body whose temperature one wishes to measure”, adds the ANSM. (Inserm) joined by AFP on July 22. This is not the case for mammals. The infrared thermometer gun is commonly used in public spaces and offices on people before entering the premises. But its power “is low and warnings are present indicating not to look at the beam”. However, most people agree to go through this several times a day! “The electronic circuit within the thermometer processes the electrical signal to determine the temperature and display the reading on a screen.”, “There’s that sensation that you’re somehow sending something that’s going to bounce back, but none of that is true,” Tim Robinson, vice president of marketing at temperature instrument retailer ThermoWorks, told The Associated Press. A worrying message widely shared on Facebook warns that infrared thermometers may be “causing potential health issues by aiming an infrared ray to the pineal gland”..