• Katherine Rothwell

COVID-19 Self Screening

COVID-19 causes similar symptoms to the flu. Data from 55,000 cases in China has shown that:

  • fever is the most common symptom, occurring in almost 88% of cases

  • dry cough is the next most common, affecting almost 68% of those with the virus

Other symptoms can include:

  • fatigue, in 38% of cases

  • producing sputum or phlegm, 33%

  • shortness of breath, 19%

  • sore throat, 14%

  • headache, 14%

Unlike other coronaviruses that cause the common cold, COVID-19 is hardly ever associated with a stuffy nose. This is seen in just 5% of cases. Diarrhoea is also uncommon, affecting only 4%.


How can you self screen?

Screen yourself daily:

  • Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fatigue? (If yes, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and self-isolate.)

  • What is your current body temperature? (If higher than 37.5°C, this indicates you may have a fever. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice and self-isolate.)

If you answer yes to the below questions, you should already be in self-isolation:

  • Have you been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of coronavirus within the last 14 days?

  • Have you travelled internationally in the last 14 days?


Body Temperature

Did you know that your body temperature can vary depending on where you take your temperature?

  • Oral (Mouth) Temperature: Normal temperature range: 35.5°C to 37.5°C.

  • Armpit Temperature: Normal temperature range: 34.7°C to 37.3°C.

  • Rectal or Tympanic (Ear) Temperature: Normal temperature range: 35.8°C to 37.7°C.

  • Forehead (Temporal Artery) Temperature: Normal temperature range: 35.8°C to 37.7°C.


What is considered a fever?

  • low-grade fever 37.5°C to 38.0°C.

  • moderate-grade 38.0°C to 38.5°C.

  • high-grade fever 38.5°C plus.


If you have a temperature over 37.5°C. this indicates you may have a fever.


If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and self-isolate.


For more information read, 'What to do if you are sick'. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html



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