The team at GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing offers fast and reliable testing to people living in and around Ham Lake, Elk River, Edina, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their skilled team offers reliable testing and can help determine if your fever is a symptom of COVID-19. To schedule your appointment to be tested for COVID-19, call the office or book online today.
A fever is a temporary spike in a person’s body temperature. Increasing its temperature is one way the body tries to fight infections, which is why fevers typically occur when a person is ill.
Whether people should see a medical provider about a fever depends on several different factors. In addition to the temperature of the fever, a person’s age, general health, and other medical conditions must be taken into account.
Generally speaking, adults who are otherwise healthy don’t need to see a medical provider for a slightly elevated body temperature that’s just a little over 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the body’s normal temperature.
For any temperature that’s more than a degree or so over 98.6, though, adults should consult a medical provider. A fever may be no cause for concern, but deciding whether it is should be left to a trained nurse, physician’s assistant, or doctor.
Adults with co-occurring medical conditions and children should have a lower threshold for seeking medical help. If the immune system is compromised or not yet fully developed, it’s important to catch any potential infection, like COVID-19, sooner rather than later.
COVID testing is the only way to know if your fever is due to the highly contagious infection. The team at GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing uses advanced testing tools and technology that provide highly accurate results in as little as 15 minutes.
In addition to a fever, other symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 include:
Symptoms usually appear within 14 days of contracting the virus.