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Is fever a friend or a foe?

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Fever is a natural response to infection and confers a survival benefit during infection. Evidence shows that the increase of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius in core body temperature that occurs during the development of a fever is associated with improved survival and the resolution of many infections.

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Studies have also shown that the suppression of a fever intensifies and prolongs a viral infection.

Then why is there a phobia about fever as it relates to COVID-19? Why is it all of a sudden dangerous for our bodies to produce a low-grade fever, which is a natural response of the body’s immune system?

And why are people being denied public services in certain instances unless they show proof of not having a fever?

When did the development of a low-grade fever become our enemy? Can a medical professional explain to me why there is such a frenzy to be tested for a fever and be treated by a drug to get rid of it?

Naturally, high-grade fevers aren’t to be treated lightly (especially if associated with a stiff neck), and if they persist without resolution. In fact, even low-grade fevers that don’t resolve should be followed up by a visit to the doctor. Any fever in infants should be investigated for obvious reasons.

If a strong, robust immune system protects someone from COVID-19, then why isn’t there any government funding to attempt to educate the public about ways to strengthen their immune system and what harms it? Why aren’t we warned about the harmful effects of stress (whether physical or mental) on our immune system and that a person who is under stress is more susceptible to infection? Why are we not told about inexpensive, simple ways to manage stress?

So far, all we are hearing are warnings to cough or sneeze in your sleeve, wear a cloth mask and social distance in public, get tested for a fever, get tested for COVID-19 and stay indoors as much as possible.

Why weren’t we told that fresh air, walking outdoors in nature and exposure to the sun (which boosts our production of vitamin D) are very effective means to keeping the immune system robust?

And that taking a good quality supplement of zinc glycinate, vitamin C and old-fashioned, good quality cod liver oil (contains vitamin A and D) daily are helpful in keeping you healthy during the cold and flu season?

Carmel Marentette

Chatham

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