Amazon is also utilizing thermal cameras at its warehouses, Reuters says, to help track staff for fevers. The thermal imaging cameras are easier to use than Amazon’s regular forehead thermometers that they were using to check for fever, a key coronavirus symptom.
“We implemented daily temperature checks in our operations locations as an additional preventative measure to support the health and safety of our employees who continue to provide a critical service in our communities,” Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish said in a statement to The Verge. “We are now implementing the use of thermal cameras for temperature screening to create a more streamlined experience at some of our sites.”
The market for distribution of food and household products has increased as people shelter at home. Amazon has also employed 100,000 workers to cope with the increase in demand.
With cases of the virus reported in more than 50 Amazon warehouses in the U.S .— one estimate puts the number of cases at more than 300—workers have protested at several Amazon facilities, demanding closing and cleaning of warehouses. After a French court ruled that Amazon could be charged €1 million per object if it exports anything not specifically connected to medical equipment, sanitation items and foodstuffs. The corporation closed six of its fulfilment centres in France at least until April 20.
Amazon has also been selling gloves and disinfecting workstations at warehouses. To check workers for the coronavirus that triggers COVID-19, Amazon is now developing its own test lab for staff.