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Body temperature of 37.5, is it fever

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: May 26, 2021 12:57 AM

Anonymous 2 months

Hi Doc. This few days my body temperature was always 37.5 in the afternoon. And 36.7 as soon as I wake up. I had a sore throat a few days ago, ate antibiotics and recovered. So I’m wondering why my body temperature can be as high as like I am having a fever. And also I do not hv link to any COVID-19 cases. No other symptoms other than body temperature. Thank you

Dr Sri Viknarajan 2 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.

For your information, COVID-19 screening is usually subjected to patients that have experienced a fever. However, with regards to your congested and runny nose, it can indeed be the symptoms of the condition such as:

  • Pharyngitis
  • Laryngitis
  • and other related inflammation or viral infection

Please seek a doctor if the symptoms persist.

Any how, we understand your worries especially towards a potential close contact and possible positive symptoms of COVID-19

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For your information, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for 2019-nCoV patients, working with health care workers infected with 2019-nCoV, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a 2019nCoV patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with 2019-nCoV patient
  • Traveling together with 2019-nCoV patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a 2019-nCoV patient

I would also encourage you to answer this quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate your health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.

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You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test. Or contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and wear your face mask in public.

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Last Updated: Wed May 26 2021 00:57:54 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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