With a fever being a major symptom of coronavirus, it’s vital to know what temperature is classed as a fever.
A fever is a high temperature, and is generally classed as anything over 38°C in adults and children.
But your temperature can fluctuate 0.6°C or 1°F above or below this through the day, depending on how active you are and what time of the day it is.
The NHS website says you know you have a high temperature when “you feel hot to touch on your chest or back”.
A normal body temperature in adults is 37°C or 98.6°F – and, for children and babies around 36.4°C or 97.5°F.
A fever can be caused by a number of things such as:
- Coughs or colds
- Ear infections
- Kidney or urinary infections
- Common childhood illnesses such as chickenpox and whooping cough
- Becoming overheated due to too much bedding or clothing – children can’t regulate their body temperature like adults can.
Typically, a fever can be treated relatively easily.
Adults can stay cool by wearing light clothing, staying hydrated, resting, and taking paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin – don’t give aspirin to anyone under 16.
To regulate a child’s temperature you can swap a thick duvet for a thin sheet, keep them hydrated with lots of fluids, keep their bedroom cool by opening the window, 18°C/65°F, is about right.
You can also give them paracetamol or ibuprofen – only one at a time.
But, that might not always be necessary if your child isn’t distressed by the fever.
If you are continuously coughing and are short of breath and have a fever, seek medical advice and self isolate as these are all symptoms of coronavirus.
Mild symptoms may also include a runny nose, aching body, sore throat, feeling congested or diarrhoea.
For advice check the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
For urgent medical help, use the NHS online 111 service – and only call 111 if you are unable to access this.
And, call 999 for an ambulance if it is life-threatening.
However, as the NHS explains, this is a new illness so we are still learning how it spreads from person to person.
Therefore, until a vaccine has been created, keep washing your hands, social distancing and working from home where possible.