A lot of information about COVID-19 has come to light since the virus was first identified. There are countless pieces of literature and videos about the disease. We have a general idea of its symptoms and the health protocols that we should follow.
One primary symptom that people should watch out for is fever. But do you know what to do if your temperature is high? This article will focus on COVID body temperature and how to track it.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
Symptoms of the virus can manifest from two days to two weeks after becoming exposed to the virus. The most common symptoms are:
- Fever or Temperature of 37.6C or Higher: If you have elevated temperature, your chest or back feels hot to touch. Some might feel cold or have shivers.
- Continuous Cough: This is another common symptom together with fever. Experts describe the continuous cough as lasting for an hour. You’re considered to have this symptom if you have three or more episodes of severe cough in 24 hours.
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Runny Nose/ Nasal Congestion
- Headache/ Body Ache
- Difficulty Breathing
- Exhaustion/ Fatigue
- Sore Throat
- Nausea/ Vomiting
What You Should Know About Fever
A fever is one of the ways the body fights an infection. Experts say someone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius has a fever. It doesn’t matter what’s causing the high temperature.
Health experts consider 100 degrees Fahrenheit as the baseline of a COVID temperature. But not everyone who’s infected develops a fever. Some test positive but have a normal temperature. Others will experience sudden spikes in temperature. Researchers have noted that few children with COVID develop a fever.
How to Do COVID Temperature Checks
A COVID 19 temperature screening is one of the health protocols followed today. Many commercial establishments and institutions now have thermal scanner bays in select areas. They’re used to check people’s temperatures before they’re allowed to enter a building.
It’s vital that temperature checks are being done the right way. Body temperature changes throughout the day. The environment and physical activity can cause body temperature to spike or go down. So can hormones. This is why temperature checks are being done at the same time every day. It’s to ensure consistency.
The ideal way to determine a person’s average temperature is to measure it once in the morning and evening. You should do this for several days to get a clear idea of the individual’s average body temperature.
Methods for Taking Body Temperature
Using a digital thermometer is the best way to check COVID 19 temperature. This type of thermometer is more accurate than glass or plastic ones. It’s hard to find glass thermometers these days. This is because it has mercury inside it. The substance is deadly if it’s inhaled or touches the skin. It’s also rare for a health professional to use a plastic strip thermometer. It’s not accurate because it only measures the skin’s temperature.
A digital thermometer is the best option due to its convenience and accuracy. There are three types of thermometers often used today:
- Digital thermometer used under the armpit or tongue
- Digital temporal thermometer used on the forehead
- Digital tympanic thermometer used on the ear
How to Use Digital Thermometers
Digital thermometers work on the same principle. They’re easy to use, but there are factors that can impact the temperature reading. There are steps you should follow regardless of the kind of thermal thermometer you use. First, you should wash your hands and wipe down your equipment with alcohol before using it.
When Taking Oral Temperature
The patient must not drink or anything for at least 20 minutes before taking the temperature.
- Place the thermometer under the tongue. The lips should close around it.
- Hold the device under the tongue for around 40 seconds or until the thermometer beeps.
- Remove the thermometer from the mouth. Wait for the numbers to stop blinking.
When Taking Axillary Temperature
- Place the thermometer’s head in the center of the armpit.
- Hold your arm firmly against your body to keep the thermometer in place. Keep the thermometer there for about 40 seconds or until you hear a beep. It means the reading is over.
- Read the thermometer. Axillary temperatures can be a degree lower compared to an oral temperature reading.
When Taking Temporal Temperature
This thermometer uses an infrared scanner to record the temporal artery’s temperature. It’s easy to use and it can read the temperature fast.
- Turn on the thermometer. Place the head on the middle of the forehead. Press it against the skin.
- Press the button to start the reading. Slide the device across the skin. Move it from the center of the forehead to one side in a slow and deliberate motion. Move it towards the top of the ear.
- Wait for the beep that indicates the reading’s over. Remove the device from the forehead and check the numbers.
When Taking Tympanic Temperature
This thermometer is easy to use, but the user should be careful when they insert it in the ear. It’s also best if the ear is clean. It’s hard to get an accurate reading when there’s a lot of earwax.
- Remove the cap and double-check that it’s clean. You can place a clean probe cover if you have one.
- Turn it on and place it in the ear. Do this in a slow and careful manner. Press it in a gentle way.
- Press the ON button to display the reading.
It’s a good idea to invest in a good digital thermometer for your home or office. Be consistent when monitoring your temperature. Make sure you consult your doctor if you have a fever.
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