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Day 1 of self-quarantine: Morning temperatures. Mom: 98.3. Me: 97.9.

A fever is one indication of coronavirus, although a person can have the virus without a fever. I take mine and mom's temperatures at least once per day. Mom puts on a show like I'm annoying her but there's a twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes that tells her truth. 

A lot of people I know are employing this simple technique to try and get ahead of the virus. While coronavirus remains very much a mystery as to how it attacks, when and whom it infects, and how it shows itself (if at all), taking our temperatures daily is something easy to do and, at least for me, makes me feel proactive. Knowing that mom and I don't have temperatures makes me feel a little bit less helpless and eases the burdens of the day. 

Day 4: Mom: 98.2. Me: 98.1.

My friend called to say a co-worker has the virus. Take your temperature, I barked. I don't have a thermometer, she said and explained she had tried to get one from a store, on-line, but none were to be had. I told her we can share mine. (I wipe the thermometer with alcohol before and after each use, although the other day I mistakenly used eye makeup remover. That has alcohol in it, doesn't it?) She declined, but I am on call, ready to spring into action, thermometer tucked into my proverbial holster, ready to draw.

I know taking our temperatures will not prevent the disease from infecting us. I know if I take mine and mom's temperatures and they're above 100 degrees, we might have the virus. A thermometer cannot prevent it or cure it. So far nothing can cure coronavirus but still this little action calms me, especially when I get results like I did this morning. 

Day 6: My temperature was 97.7. Mom's was 98.1.

This from the CDC website: The CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or greater, or feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish. 

However, like my friend's situation, many do not have thermometers. The CDC recognizes this and states: Even though measured temperature is the preferred and most accurate method to determine fever, it is not always possible to take a person’s temperature. Other methods of detecting a possible fever should be considered such as self-reported history of feeling feverish when a thermometer is not available or the ill person has taken medication that would lower the measured temperature.

Also, the CDC advises, to look for the following: the person feels warm to the touch, and the appearance of a flushed face, glassy eyes, or chills if it is not feasible to touch the person or if the person does not report feeling feverish.

Day 7: Evening temperatures. Mom: 98.6. Me: 98.2.

Join me and mom in the Daily Temperature Challenge (DTC). Take your temperature and your loved ones too, each day. Wait at least twenty minutes after you eat or drink before inserting the thermometer under the tongue. Post it on line, or text a DTC Buddy with the results. My sister is my DTC Buddy.

If you don't have a thermometer, while you feel healthy take stock of how you feel and look. Place your hand on your forehead. Look in the mirror. What is your skin tone? How do your eyes look? Perhaps use a fever scale of 1 to 10 and write down the results. 1 would be no fever. 10 would be on fire. Prepare to recognize the signs of fever by sight and touch. Does your forehead feel warmer than usual? Do you look flushed? Are your eyes glassy? Do you have body chills? Has your fever scale results changed? Each day post your results, or share them with your DTC Buddy. 

If you need a DTC Buddy, my sister and I are available.

Day 10: Mom's temperature is 98.2. Mine is 97.9.

So far so good.

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