Day: April 29, 2020

Thermal imaging could be used to deny entry into businesses

Thermal imaging cameras are the latest devices businesses hope will help reopen the economy while keeping people safe from the threat of COVID-19. The cameras are used to scan temperature from a safe distance, and if a fever — a common coronavirus symptom — is detected, the company could require further screening or deny the person entry altogether. 

“What we’re seeing is there will be a new normal that will involve thermal screening as a frontline tool,” Chris Bainter, director of global business development at FLIR Systems, told CBS News’ Jericka Duncan. FLIR has been producing thermal imaging cameras since the SARS epidemic in 2003, when it gained widespread use in Asia. 

Since the outbreak, companies like Flexible Systems, Thermal Guardian, CrowdRx and many more have begun manufacturing the cameras for use in airports, healthcare centers and even apartment buildings in New York, where the pandemic has hit

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When Americans come back to work, we could see a ‘spike in litigation’ over coronavirus

As COVID-19 infection rates begin to level off, and governments mull unprecedented action to return millions of Americans back to offices, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and retail locations, legal protections created for a pre-pandemic world are about to be tested. And businesses may be exposed to a wave of new lawsuits.

“When people are going back to work and getting back out to normal life you’re going to see a spike of infections, and I fully expect that will be followed with a spike in litigation,” Eric A. Swan, an attorney with Lathrop GPM who handles tort defense on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, told Yahoo Finance. Swan describes the coming claims as “battlegrounds” that will settle new labor and business disputes.

The anticipated uptick has labor and employment attorneys shifting focus from helping clients navigate the avalanche of coronavirus-related furloughs, layoffs, and work from home mandates, to preparing for

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What dining out will look like in photos: Georgia restaurants reopen

  • Georgia allowed restaurants and movie theaters to reopen on Monday, and barbecue chain Smokey Bones plans to reopen its three Georgia locations on Wednesday.
  • Smokey Bones sent Business Insider exclusive photos inside its Lithonia, Georgia restaurant that’s set to open on Wednesday.
  • The photos show taped-off booths, spaced-out tables, masked employees, and continued emphasis on takeout and curbside pickup, all in accordance with Georgia’s new restaurant guidelines.
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On Monday, Georgia allowed restaurants and movie theaters to reopen, becoming one of the first states to do so.

But reopening isn’t business as normal. Georgia also released a set of non-mandatory guidelines for restaurants to follow upon reopening. The guidelines require restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, while most restaurants only make money if they’re 75% full or more.

Despite the new restrictions, barbecue chain Smokey Bones plans to reopen dining rooms at

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Southwest says it could take more than 5 years for business travel to get back to normal, as the airline reports its first loss since 2011 because of the coronavirus

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Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said on Tuesday that business travel could take more than five years to return to 2019 levels, as the airline reported its first quarterly loss since 2011 amid an “unprecedented” and “breathtaking” crisis for the global airline industry.

The airline reported a net loss of $94 million in the first quarter of 2020 with total revenue of $4.23 billion, down 18% over the year before. Those losses all came in March, as bookings plummeted and cancellations skyrocketed, Kelly said in the airline’s earnings call with analysts.

Southwest predicts “no material improvement in air travel trends” this spring, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, saying it expects revenue to fall as much as 95% in May. It added that it is “unable to reasonably estimate trends beyond May 2020.”

The airline raised $6.8 billion in

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