Coronavirus: Thermometer Tips
Posted on Mar 27, 2020
- Chills and shivering
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- General weakness
The best one to use is a digital stick thermometer. Consumer Reports recommends the “CVS Health Flexible Tip Digital Thermometer.” Your local CVS sells them for about $15 – $17. They are currently not available online at CVS.com. But you can find something similar at your local CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid or on Amazon.
If you have a glass mercury thermometer, you need to dispose of it. The readings are inaccurate and the glass can easily break. The mercury that spills out is toxic. You can bring it to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose in their hazardous waste when you go to buy your digital stick thermometer.
Is Your Thermometer Reading Accurate?
Use one of these two methods to find out if your thermometer reading is accurate before you take your temperature. Make sure your thermometer has fresh batteries.
Freezing point method:
- Fill a glass with crushed ice.
- Add a little clean water until the glass is full and stir.
- Wait for about three minutes before inserting the sensor on the thermometer into the ice-filled water.
- Wait for about thirty seconds and check that the thermometer reads 32°F. If it does, then it is accurate. This is by far the most accurate method.
Or, you can do the Boiling point method:
- You need to boil about six inches of water.
- When the water reaches its boiling point, place the sensor into the water and make sure that you keep it as close to the center as possible, away from the sides and bottom of the container.
- Wait for thirty seconds and check if the thermometer reads correctly at 212°F if you are at sea level or below 1,000 feet elevation (the Bay Area.)
What Temperature is a Fever?
In adults, a fever is considered to be a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or above. You can treat this at home with fluids and rest, and let it run its course. But if it reaches 102°F (38.8°C) or higher, call your healthcare provider.
For more information on thermometers and taking your temperature, read this Cleveland Clinic article “How to take your temperature.”
For other information related to the Coronavirus, see my blog posts:
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