By Dan Colton
for The Beacon
Studies and expert advice suggest a regimen of regular temperature monitoring may help identify potential cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
A Chinese study out of Wuhan University focused on 136 patients, 26 percent of whom required intensive-care hospitalization. The study found that three major early warning signs existed in patients suffering COVID-19.
The most common symptom, fever, was found in nearly 99 percent of the study’s patients.
The Chinese government reportedly recognized this easily identifiable pattern, and temperature screenings were imposed at locations like airports, shops and apartment buildings.
While compulsory test screenings aren’t fail-proof and many governments haven’t adopted them, testing yourself daily at home may be an effective way to monitor your health during the global coronavirus pandemic.
In February, the Center for Disease Control mandated isolation and at-home temperature checks for travellers returning from Hubei Provence in China. The guidelines also warned to watch out for signs of cough or difficulty breathing.
The CDC described fever as 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and above. Testing once at night and once in the morning was advised. Over-the-counter fever reducers, exercise and eating can affect temperature readouts.
The university whose study concluded that nearly all coronavirus patients suffer fever is located in Wuhan, China, a city of some 11 million people where the virus is thought to have originated late last year.
Some experts have said the illness can be traced to an open-air seafood market there.
People with heart disease and respiratory issues are at higher risk of developing serious complications, as are the elderly.
The CDC recommends washing your hands multiple times throughout the day and to maintain social distancing.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people. Bars were shuttered and restaurants were limited to delivery and takeout only. All schools had already been ordered to close.
The governor’s direction on Tuesday ordered businesses to allow remote work where practicable.
Temperature monitoring could prove useful to decrease community spread. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVDID-19, call your health care provider.
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