on Monday, May 4, 2020
Fever is one of the symptoms to look for with coronavirus, and people experiencing a fever are advised to stay home from work, avoid even the people they have been quarantining with, and immediately halt any public outings, including shopping for essentials.
But what, exactly, does “fever” mean? Should you stop everything for a temperature of 98.7? First, let’s explore what a fever is: A fever is any temperature which is above the normal body temperature. Exercise, hot weather and an allergic reaction can elevate your temperature. A fever is actually your body’s response to an illness. It is a good thing as it illustrates your body is trying to fight off something. Normal body temperature is between 97.5 and 98.9. Your temperature can be lower in the morning and higher in the evening.
Even though measured temperature is the preferred and most accurate method to determine fever, it is not always possible to do this. In certain situations, other methods of detecting a possible fever should be considered: