Wait, what is a fever?

We all experience some fluctuations in our body temperature throughout the day, but our temperature usually stays between about 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit (36.1 to 37.2 degrees Celsius). When we are sick, one of the ways our body responds to the infection is by raising our body temperature. When your body temperature goes above 100.4० F (38०C), it’s officially a fever.

Fevers can have a lot of causes, but let’s talk about the most common: infection from a virus or from bacteria. When our body temperature goes up, it makes our bodies less pleasant hosts for the virus or bacteria. Additionally, it also spurs our immune system to fight the infection.

Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19 (though many people with COVID-19 never develop one). If you think you have COVID-19, but your symptoms are mild, here are some things you can do to treat yourself at home.

Last updated: March 23, 2020, 7:00 PM

Science review: JAB, ERS