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COVID-19 "Tylenol Test" T /F?

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by T-Wave T-Wave, RN (New) New

T-Wave has 12 years experience as a RN and specializes in Ophthalmology.

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So the world had turned topsy-turvy with COVID-19. My wife and kids are both home because everything has shut down. They have been social distancing, as it were, for about two weeks. The only exception is that my wife had to go to the local ER a week ago Sunday and then again on Wednesday for an MRI.

Then yesterday she says that she has a fever (99.4 F) a runny nose off & on and a slightly sore throat. and jaw pain. But at the end of the day she says it is all gone. It is back again today. Her fever never went above 99.5 F. Sore throat is back. And a cough. So I say call our PCP, tell them what is going on.

The nurse says to self-quarantine and take Tylenol. And...

Here is the crux of my issue...

"Take the Tylenol, if your fever goes down, you don't have "it" [COVID-19], and if your fever doesn't, you have "it".

I don't know it all, but I would love to know more. So, fellow Nurses, does this correlate with your clinical experience? Any anecdotal experiences? (influenza, COVID-19 or anything else?)

Anyone heard about any research along these lines? (Acetaminophen effects being an indicator to r/o or r/I Corona Virus or even any virus?)

Looking to be better informed,

T-Wave

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This is so ridiculous. I hope the public doesn't get confused and think that this is accurate (there was that crazy email that claimed to be from Stanford a few weeks ago). Tylenol will reduce one's fever whether or not you have COVID-19.

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Are you sure you were talking to a nurse and not an MA although, truth be told I've met some really thick nurses in my career.

Also, point of clarification, it is generally accepted that an adult does not have a fever until it reaches 100.4. This is even the standard for immuno-compromised patients.

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T-Wave has 12 years experience as a RN and specializes in Ophthalmology.

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Hi Wuzzie,

Thanks for clarifying about the low grade temp./ fever.

It is this kind of disinformation that we *don't* need.

Yes I am sure it was a nurse. I actually got alot of blow-back from her. saying I thought she was, essentially, a hypochondriac! Just because I was skeptical of the sketchy advice she was given!

But I certainly don't know everything. I was thinking that maybe the nurse meant something like it is bacterial if her fever responded to the acetaminophen and viral if it did not. But, like Trust in Jesus said it should just work.

Best,

T-Wave

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3 minutes ago, T-Wave said:

Yes I am sure it was a nurse. I actually got alot of blow-back from her. saying I thought she was, essentially, a hypochondriac! Just because I was skeptical of the sketchy advice she was given!

But I certainly don't know everything. I was thinking that maybe the nurse meant something like it is bacterial if her fever responded to the acetaminophen and viral if it did not. But, like Trust in Jesus said it should just work.

Yes, and I would take this up the chain at the office. This kind of misinformation could kill someone.

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The nurse says to self-quarantine and take Tylenol. And...

To quote the famous philosopher, Inigo Montoya "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Bear in mind that in many doctor's offices that word you used means woman wearing scrubs, and has little to do with training, certification, or knowledge base.

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MsJenn_The_RN has 2 years experience and specializes in Critical Care (MICU).

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I’m in ICU, and we are sent to take care of the critical COVID patients. The nurses and intensivists on my floor have had lengthy discussions almost every night about diagnose and treatment...and I have NEVER heard this. Tylenol doesn’t always knock out a fever effectively on its own in other situations, so I’m not sure where that information came from. I’d go for a second opinion on that one.

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