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In this pandemic period, what is the most acute symptom? That is whether you have a “fever” or not. Staff members are stationed at the entrance of hospitals and clinics to take the temperature of each person and check for “fever.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was talk of people being refused medical attention just because they had a fever.

This situation is not only in the medical field. At the entrances to supermarkets and other stores, staff or body temperature sensors have been installed, and people with a fever may not be allowed to enter. It may be unavoidable with the spread of the infection, but it has become a complicated world to live in.

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In the COVID-19 pandemic, “fever” is treated as a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher. If it is in the 37 degrees Celsius range (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in the practical medical field, some medical institutions may be somewhat wary and treat it as a fever outpatient. However, it is not uncommon for people who visit a medical institution to have a fever regularly due to various diseases. Some people have low fevers due to malignant tumors such as cancer, collagen diseases such as rheumatism, or chronic infections.

In addition, some people have a low normal fever of 35 C (95 F), so it is difficult to define a fever as a temperature above 35 C (95 F). If a patient comes to the outpatient clinic with a temperature in the 36 C (96.8 F) range and we say, “You do not have a fever, do you? When we say, “You don't have a fever,” the patient may say, “My average temperature is about 35 C (95 F), so I have a fever, and it's excruciating.” As such, the body temperature varies from person to person, so does the average temperature. There are also diurnal variations, hence I found it is not easy to interpret a single vital sign such as body temperature.

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