The news about COVID19 is non-stop.
We are listening to and watching TV and getting lots of advice from lots of people.
And, some of the advice we are receiving is great and some of it is terrible.
It makes sense to wash our hands, (but hasn’t that always made sense)? It makes sense is to wash your hands more often and use hot water with soap for 20 seconds.
However, the advice I am seeing in the media from some of the “experts” is very bad advice.
That advice is about what to do if you are sick.
I keep reading if you have a fever, you should take something to lower it.
NO NO, NO. This is bad bad bad advice.
Do you think your brain creates a fever for no reason?
Do you think your brain that runs 730 trillion functions per second suddenly decides to whip up your temperature for no reason?
Fever is an important part of your immune response. Most bacteria and viruses can’t live above 100 or 101 degrees.
So if your brain raises your temperature, it has a better chance of fighting off the invader. The Coronavirus, in particular, seems sensitive to heat.
Listen to your body.
If you feel sick, lie down, go to bed, drink some fluids (not vodka) and pull up your covers.
Does a fever make you feel lousy? Yes, yes it does.
Your body is busy. It is doing what it is supposed to do, fighting off the virus. You need to help it along by resting but not by interfering with its job.
Now if you have super serious symptoms like difficulty breathing or significant chest pain, go to the E.R.
But most people will experience flu-like symptoms and come through this fine.
You have a much better chance of coming through this stronger than ever by letting your body do what it is designed to do.
If you feel sick and want some advice, please feel free to call the office and talk with one of our doctors. We are here to help!
Dr. Julia Keiser