Temperature with coronavirus
We consider the normal temperature of an adult to be 36.6°C. In young children, it is normally higher. During the day, the figure may change: at about two in the morning, a person has a minimum body temperature of 36.2-36.3 ° C. The maximum indicator is observed in the region of 20:00 – 21:00 hours and reaches 37.1-37.2 ° С.
The temperature is now measured remotely (at the entrance) in many public places: some offices that continue to work, airports, clinics. Remote sensors have an error, but their goal is to detect a really elevated temperature, that is, above 38 degrees. If it’s lower, you probably don’t have to worry. But! You should be alerted by the temperature at the level of 37 to 37.5 ° C, which steadfastly lasts for four days or more. This could be a symptom of the coronavirus if you also have a dry cough and shortness of breath, making it hard to breathe.
In general, the mechanism for raising the temperature is simple: this is a typical immunological reaction, that is, the body reacts to the appearance of an enemy – a virus or bacteria. Cells receive a signal that they need to activate and fight foreign microorganisms. The temperature is measured in different ways: under the arm, in the mouth, rectally, on the forehead and in the ear (using infrared scanners).
To reduce or not to reduce?
Each of us has experienced discomfort when the temperature rises. First of all, it is chills and weakness. The higher the temperature, the stronger the manifestations. But you need to know that you should only bring down the temperature when the thermometer shows the number 38.5 and above. If the mercury column has exceeded the mark of 39 ° C on a thermometer, help is needed, because even at a temperature of 40 ° C, the consequences can be really dangerous. In the case of children, measures must be taken when the thermometer shows 38 ° C. At temperatures above, convulsions can begin, which is very dangerous.
There are mechanical (the so-called folk remedies) and medication methods to reduce the temperature. In the first case, to alleviate the condition. people wipe themselves with a cloth soaked in a solution of vinegar, apply cold compresses on their foreheads, drink a lot and plentifully (boiled water, warm berry fruit drinks). Rubbing should be done so that droplets of liquid remain on the skin. It is their evaporation that causes the cooling of the body. Children should not be “wiped” with alcohol, vinegar.
In what cases is an increase in temperature (within acceptable limits) not dangerous?
- at the onset of pregnancy;
- establishment of lactation in lactating women;
- the initial stage of a cold;
- reactions to pain (during painful periods, after visiting the dentist);
- weakening of the immune system; – general fatigue, stressful situation.
If the temperature increase lasts longer than three days, you need to understand what is happening in more detail. Especially if:
- body temperature has reached 39.5 ° C and above;
- it is accompanied by vomiting and spasms;
- severe abdominal pain is observed (may be a signal of pancreatitis requiring hospitalization);
- convulsions began (especially when it comes to children).
When the body fails
An elevated temperature, as we mentioned above, indicates the body’s struggle with a virus or bacteria, but it is not always able to cope on its own. In some cases, increased numbers indicate the existence of a serious illness:
- tumor development;
- inflammation of the kidneys (back pain will also signal this)
- meningococcal infection;
- endocrine diseases;
- food poisoning.
If you bring down the temperature at home, for example, with a mild coronavirus infection that does not require hospitalization, you can safely use paracetamol or ibuprofen. You should always have them in your first aid kit. If the temperature is up to 38.5 ° C for several days, or even weeks, contact your therapist, who will refer you to a series of tests. The first will be a blood test.
And finally, which thermometer should be trusted? Ambulance workers say they believe the readings of the good old mercury thermometers. Electronic, as we said above, give an error. Therefore, patients often call an ambulance, focusing on the inflated numbers of an electronic temperature meter. So it is definitely worth having a mercury thermometer in the house.
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