Body temperature not a reliable Covid indicator: Study | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Only 25 per cent of Covid-19 patients covered by a study had a fever, while the others were asymptomatic or complained of headache, body pain, sore throat, fatigue and loss of taste and smell.
The study involved 200 patients and it was conducted by doctors at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research. The findings raise questions as to how effective is the practice of screening people for signs of Covid-19 by taking only their temperature. At most places now, be it a store, an apartment complex or offices, people are screened with a thermal gun before being allowed inside.

“We have come across at least 200 Covid-19 patients. Of these, only 20-25 per cent had fever; the rest either had symptoms like headache, body ache, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste or smell and throat pain or no symptoms,” said Dr CN Manjunath, the director of Jayadeva institute, adding that the overemphasis on body temperature in Covid screening might not be a very effective strategy.
A recent study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, found that only 17 per cent of 144 Covid-19 patients exhibited fever as a symptom. About 44 per cent of the patients showed no symptoms, whereas 34.7 per cent had a cough. The study examined the clinico-demographic profile and hospital outcomes of Covid-19 patients from a tertiary care centre in north India. It was published in ICMR’s Indian Journal of Medical Research.
Are hiccups emerging as a new symptom? “There have been many cases where the patients had constant hiccups but no other symptoms. Though hiccups have not been associated with Covid-19 yet, we have noticed it among patients,” said Dr CN Manjunath.

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