A body temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) and above is considered a fever. While there many explanations as to why a person could be experiencing a high temperate, such as physical activity, menstrual cycle or just walking in the sun for too long. Its best for the individual to rest in a cool environment for 10-20 minutes before taking their temperature again if they feel fine and do not have any other symptoms.
No, having a fever does not mean you have COVID-19, only a medical test or approved test kits can determine this. However. according to the World Health Organization statistics:
It is also important to note that body temperature taken from different parts of the body can vary slightly, typically places to take temperature using a non contact thermometer would be the head, typical places to take temperature using contact thermometer include; mouth, armpits, rectum.
The widely accepted normal body temperature ranges from 36.5°C (97.7°F) to 37.5°C (99.5°F).
|Fever Temperature Chart|
|Normal||36.5 - 37.5°C||97.7 - 99.5°F|
|Fever / Hyperthermia||>37.5 or 38.3°C||99.5 or 100.9°F|
|Hyperpyrexia||>40.0 or 41.5°C||104.0 or 106.7°F|
There are some news online regarding a new average body temperature and that it should be lower than the widely regarded average of 98.6˚ F (37˚ C). This is because we first established this average in the 1800s where a German physician, Carl Wunderlich, measured the temperatures of around 25,000 people, via their armpit. He found that 98.6˚ F (37˚ C) was the average temperature and we have been using this data since.
The problem with this measurement is several fold;
There are a few possibilities:
Despite more recent studies showing a lower average body temperature, this is not a concern and medical experts will continue to use the average as a reference point.
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