Body Talk 12/7/20

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Body Talk - 05 Jul 2020
Body Talk
Mel Watson

We’re not quite virus free but thankfully the end is in sight,but we should be remaining vigilant in case the dreaded second wave comes upon us. The obvious thing to look out for is a rise in temperature, which is triggered by our immune system to increase the heat in our body in order to kill off disease.
Most of the time our temperature remains stable at around 37 degrees, if it goes over 37.8 degrees it’s classed as a fever, which triggers the immune response and virus killing T Cells come into action.
Our body temperature naturally fluctuates throughout the day, being at its lowest between 3 and 5am and at its highest between 4 and 6pm. There is a difference of about half a degree during the day, so the best time to take your temperature is first thing in the morning. If you are concerned then take a couple of readings through the day.
It is though that the virus can live on plastic up to 72 hours, so if you are sharing a thermometer make sure you clean it thoroughly between uses.
It seems that those with higher temperatures are more overweight and lower temperatures tend to be average weight and are also connected with a longer life.
So we’re not out of the woods yet, and some stores are using temperature checking machines before you enter which is probably one of the best ways of checking that you and everybody else in the store are virus free. A good excuse to go shopping safely too! So stay vigilant and keep virus free.

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