June 11, 2020
"Anyone over 50 who has a fever of 102 or higher should get it checked out,” advises emergency department doctor Leigh Vinocur, national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians. If you're over 65, take it even more seriously: Average temperature in younger people is 98.2, but over age 65 it's a full degree lower — 97.2. There are many reasons, including reduced lung function and less fat under the skin.
Know the emergency symptoms. Flu-like symptoms vary, but some call for emergency action even if they're not caused by COVID-19: trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, lethargy and confusion, and bluish lips or face. If any of these are present, call 911 right away. Describe your symptoms and explain that you might have COVID-19. Don a mask before the EMTs arrive. Separate yourself from others.
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