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Farce & Falsity of the Chinese Thermal Gun

In the Unlock phase, with people moving out of their home premises, one thing that’s seen everywhere is the temperature check gun. Gosh! The toy gun on your head measuring your temperature and giving you a green signal to move ahead, life’s taken a 360-degree turn with the Coronavirus fear all over. Is this all that we need to stay cautious during this pandemic situation?

The accuracy of these Chinese guns is highly debatable and calls for immediate attention. It’s not medically certified, using them to measure human temperature is an area of high concern due to its ineffectiveness and inaccuracy.The thermometer has proved in several conditions, a complete farce with heightened absurdities. Though the mechanism using the infrared sensor has a definitive process by which temperature check is attained, ideally the gun was meant to be used indoors to check a baby’s temperature, but with the pandemic spreading panic everywhere, the demand suddenly exploded overnight and its use multiplied unexpectedly.

The futility of using these guns has proof in the fact that these guns were the primary source of spotting infections at airports. This gives a clear enough indication to why the infection spread so far and wide.

In cases where the person doesn’t show any symptoms of the fatal disease, this device is absolutely worthless. The thermometer gun would not be able to detect any anomalies if the person affected doesn’t show any symptoms, in spite of being infected by the virus. This goes on to say that these thermometer guns do not provide accurate estimates of the infected people.

With the global Coronavirus up to the hilt,the thermometer gun has become a new normal at all public places. Wherever we go, the security guards or the allocated staff does this exercise of measuring temperatures; it is a sight we have to learn to live with and of course abide by the same. By any means, God forbid, if we are caught in the radar of high temperature, we will have to face those abandoned looks and leave the premise immediately, as we won’t be granted entry to that particular premise come what may! Innocent people are surely at gunpoint; like it or detest it;this has become a way of life!

Moreover, the feature of non-contact of this device makes it an iconic design object, giving it an interesting angle, supposedly preferable in this peculiar Covid situation, where contactless has become a rage, a new normal so to say!The device can measure someone’s surface temperature without needing to touch them, thus eliminating contamination risk, at least in theory. But spare a thought to the man guard doing his duty, what if he is infected screening hundreds of visitors each day? He could pass on the virus innocently to every visitors he screens.

The distance and environment is crucial in the use of these guns. It makes no sense if the accuracy of these primary factors is not maintained strictly and systematically.

The infrared thermometer works using an infrared sensor. The sensor measures surface temperature from a distance without touching the skin. It measures the temperature by pointing the center of the forehead. You have to hold it approximately 3 cm from the body surface.The infrared thermometer measures the heat emanating from the surface of a person’s body. If it is not held close enough to a person’s forehead, it would give very low readings.Alternately, if it is too close, it will give off a high temperature reading.

Environment matters. So if the road is too dusty, the heat is too high or if you have taken a medication to suppress the fever, it won’t work.

Some of these devices have been found to be of extremely low quality and the readings highly questionable and astounding!

Moreover, why rely on anything made in China in the wake of the current Indo-China crisis?Additionally, with the call for Vocal for Local creating huge waves across the country, it’s high time we look for corrective and safe measures to fight the fierce effect of the pandemic. If we fail at the precautionary stage itself, cure will be too afar. It’s time to introspect and arrive at a conclusion, and accordingly employ ways by means of swift action and accurate measures in the right direction.

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The Beautiful Game of Soccer & Sales – An Intriguing Take

I have been since time memorial mesmerized by the game of soccer. It’s such a thrilling experience watching a fast-paced, action-packed soccer game. In almost 90 minutes flat while watching the game, one can enjoy the game and also pick up so many valuable lessons in Sales Management. There are several common touchpoints that the game and sales per se share in common; it’s absolutely enticing. A few key attributes are jotted as under:

  1. Skills – If one needs to excel in sales, it’s a must to have technical, tactical and practical skills to win over your opponent or competitor.
  1. Values -The core values of any salesperson and his team comprise of – Attitude, Honesty, Performance, Delivery, and Return on Investments both to the company he is working and for the customer he is serving.
  1. Fitness – Like the proverbial, a fit mind has a fit body. It’s important for a salesperson to maintain physical fitness, which will in turn allow for a faster body recovery caused due to work pressure, stress, and the endurance to fight any competition.
  1. Training – Most salespersons don’t like to attend training programs. I am part of the herd as well, feeling the same, I hated every minute of training, but I tell myself, “Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
  1. Discipline – It’s a bridge between your goals and accomplishments. Without discipline, no salesperson can ever be successful in his career.
  1. Ambition – A salesperson’s worth can never be greater than his ambition. A salesperson without ambition is like a fish without water.
  1. Passion – Passion is energy, passion makes impossible things happen, if you make your passion your purpose, success is ascertained. Salespersons then treat sales as fun, akin to playing soccer instead of it begin a mundane job.
  1. Practice – Salespersons should practice as if they have never sold, practice like they have never lost an order. It’s bettering the skill every time with practice, which makes a salesperson perfect over a period of time.
  1. The Winning Spree – Winners are not people who never fail; they are people who never quit, Salesperson should always have a winning attitude, in adversity one should not break down, instead break records.
  1. Money –This is the real sauce to any salesperson. You can make a million excuses or you can make a million dollars. The choice is yours, you can write your own paycheques.

Be it the soccer game or business, there are certain qualities that define a winner. Overall, the right blend of attitude, determination to excel, and perseverance to emerge a winner makes all the difference! Obstacles may be many, but the goal should be set and that should be to reach the top to become Top Notch.

Remember, where there is a will, there will always be a way!