HEALTH

Infrared thermometers are safe and do not cause cancer, health officials say

Published on 12/08/2020 at 10:30

An image has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook in Malaysia alongside a claim that people in Saudi Arabia are aiming infrared thermometers at people’s hands rather than their foreheads because “laser light” can damage the brain. The claim circulated as governments around the world recommended temperature checks as part of efforts to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. The claim is false; health authorities have said infrared thermometers can safely be pointed at a person's head; the image in the misleading posts has been taken from a photo gallery which also shows officials in Saudi Arabia pointing infrared thermometers at people's heads.