You're shivering, achy, and hot to the touch. You're almost positive you have a fever. But when the thermometer beeps, you're dismayed to see the reading: 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37.2 degrees Celsius). If you don't have a fever, why do you feel so lousy? The answer: You very well might have a fever; it's the medical definition of a normal body temperature that's wrong. It turns out that the old 98.6-degree rule of thumb is a result of antiquated science that nobody thought to question — until relatively recently.
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Written by Ashley Hamer July 12, 2019
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