This morning as I went through protocols for entering my school to work, I filled out the required questionnaire and took the mandatory temperature check. Got the “All Clear” and proceeded to my classroom.
However, it dawned on me that of the nearly 100 times that I have had my temperature checked at school (I have been on campus to teach my remote classes), never has it been 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
About a month right after the Thanksgiving break, I did contract COVID-19. Had symptoms, fatigue, lethargy, and low levels of energy. Sense of smell is starting is still improving.
Never did I run a fever.
Yes, I am aware that the average human temperature is lower than what was previously held as gospel and that you technically do not run a fever until you are a little over 100 degrees.
But today, I was 94.5 degrees’. Yesterday, 95.0.
I have never been over 97.0. All year.
In fact, most of the people who have come through the check points near the time I have also check in below 97 degrees. Different temperature gaugues have been used.
But most of us have consistently not been “average” unless we all are walking around with extended cases of “Walking Hypothermia” or other malady. Of course, the colder temperatures outside as we walk to the faculty checkpoint might have a lot to do with our temperature.
So, when students come back into school on a cold morning, how well is a quick temperature check going to help monitor possible cases of COVID-19?
Of course, frequently testing students and getting the vaccine to teachers quickly would be much better. And safer.