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Disney workers may take your temperature before letting you into the parks

Executive Chairman Bob Iger says the company will do whatever is necessary to keep guests safe – or make them feel safe – after the coronavirus pandemic.
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 photo, a statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is seen in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla — It could be our first indication of what the “new normal” might look like once we finally get the all-clear to stop staying at home. Thermometers may become as commonplace as metal detectors.

At least that’s what Disney’s Bob Iger suggested in an interview with Barron’s magazine.

“Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance,” the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company.

Iger believes park guests will demand additional scrutiny after the pandemic “even if it creates a little bit of hardship, like it takes a little bit longer for people to get in.”

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Bob Iger arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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He compared the possible change to what happened after 9/11, when people were willing to step through more hoops in the name of increased security.

But would checking for fevers really prevent guests and employees from getting infected at the parks? Or would it just make everyone feel better?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people infected with COVID-19 may not show any symptoms for up to 14 days. That means someone could be contagious long before they feel sick or have a high temperature.

Ultimately, the experts say staying healthy comes down to personal responsibility and good hygiene.

For tips on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, click here.

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