First Aid/how did i get the fever?


I live alone and i got a fever yesterday. how did i get it without leaving the house?

Hi Ben,

In all likelihood, your fever was at least a few days in the making, assuming that it is a common infection causing it (like a cold or other respiratory infection).  In general, an infection may take several days from the initial time of exposure to begin displaying symptoms.  In that period of time, you have likely been exposed to hundreds of door knobs, thousands of people, and countless other opportunities to catch something which didn't manifest until yesterday.

Additionally, things within your home or brought into it may also harbor these fever causing agents.  Your best protection (as staying indoors doesn't necessarily work well) would be to use disinfecting cleaners on surfaces that are touched and to wash your hands often.


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I can assist with answering or finding the answers to questions involving first aid, CPR, emergency first response, and general procedures of the emergency medical services (not specific to any specific organization, but I may be able to shed some light on why they do the things they do).


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