What is FeverFy?
FeverFy is a new intelligent alert system by infrared image with AI artificial intelligence assistance for early identification and prevention of infection risk. By means of thermal image of the face, in an innocuous way, ie, without any risk, without radiation, without contact, without contrast and totally safe, even for children and the elderly (most at risk group), it allows the earlier identification of suspected cases. Slows down and limits the spread of the virus before a new contagion occurs. This is made possible by combining the science of feverish anticipation in conjunction with the science of screening for epidemics.
What is it for?
Designed to protect the population, travelers, companies, factories, events, hospitals, medical centers, airports, ports, pharmacies, supply establishments and national security itself through continuous surveillance. Thus allowing earlier measures to contain viral spread, such as social withdrawal, isolation of infected people, quarantine of suspected cases of infection or treatment with antiviral drugs.
The goal is to measure body temperature from a distance, instead of using a thermometer in everyone’s mouth or ear, which would be impractical, inappropriate and would further increase the risk of contamination. But also use a system that anticipates fever and identifies the facial pattern of the individual with active infection, facilitating early mass screening and early decision making.
Is FeverFy easy to use?
Yes, it is a fully automated alert system. This specific system developed by Thermofy and its team of healthcare collaborators, allows control officers who work as example in companies, border security offices and hospitals to correctly use the device for automatic thermal reading and to track accurately with minimal training about the system. It makes it possible for health control agents to make a screening process, prompting the immediate referral to the detached medical service and to Public Health.
Is it expensive?
It is a method of collective prevention of respiratory diseases whose cost in relation to any other method, such as PCR-qRT or individual clinical evaluation one by one, is negligible. The training can be done in a very short time, and for that it is enough to have a basic outpatient support structure, whether in the hospital, airports, ports or another institution, which already exists in our environment!
Is it a definitive exam for the diagnosis of COVID-19?
No, but it is a quick, simple, mass screening method that can be complemented with laboratory tests for definitive diagnostic confirmation.
Is there a usage protocol already?
Yes, this system is low cost and can be used in any environment according to international protocol:
Our system is based on the COVID 19 Coronavirus Infrared Imaging Smart-Screening Protocol and follows international standards and ISO.
What is the difference with other methods, such as industrial thermography?
It is not simply a face temperature meter based on a single maximum temperature point with an alarm. In addition, both the forehead thermometer and non-contact thermography have limitations such as distance, temperature and ambient humidity, the area exactly where the device is pointing and for how long and steadily it is maintained until the reading is recorded. There is an inaccuracy because it deals with an analysis of a single dot / pixel on the face that will be altered only in the phase of higher temperature, that is, fever.
FeverFy is already a specific medical software for febrile state and also fever with hyperthermia, which besides allowing the accurate recording of the temperature, analyzes the thermal distribution of the face and its correlation with the normal pattern.
Maximum body temperature is not always the most perfect way to know if a person has been infected with the new coronavirus (2019-NCoV) or any other virus. Fever occurs when the body’s immune system recognizes an invader and begins releasing chemicals to increase body heat. This heat serves to make the body less hospitable to invaders and happens in spikes. However, the production of inflammatory vasoactive substances such as interleukins are constantly released and modify the thermal distribution of the face.
What happens if I take medication to lower my fever?
The maximum body temperature can be normal. Therefore, tracking cannot be just an alarm to measure maximum or average temperature. Intelligent systems evaluate the thermal distribution in specific areas of the face, which changes when an individual is infected. When the individual presents inflammation / vasodilation, it is possible to be mapped, qualified and quantified.
Are there other things that can increase face temperature?
Yes, medications such as amphetamines, alcohol withdrawal, non-infectious diseases such as silicosis and rheumatoid arthritis. This should be reported and even be documented to certify these medical conditions if the person is stopped and taken for a clinical examination after going through the smart fever tracker.