A 49-year-old female asked:
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my husband has had a stiff neck for 5 days now, headaches started on friday, temp yesterday and today 38.8. he had meningitis in 19998 and says he feels like he could have it again. please advise if we should have him tested for covid.

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Dr. Vera Barnard
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Examination required: If your own doctor is not available to talk to, take your husband to your nearest ER. He needs to be examined to clinically rule out meningitis immediately. Waiting for a COVID-19 test result will take too long. Please phone the ER first - most ER's have a separate entrance where they see patients who may have COVID-19.
Answered on Jul 25, 2020
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
ER: I agree with Dr. Barnard. he has a fever of 101.8 F (38.8 C) & he already knows what it felt like when he previously had meningitis. I also recommend that he be evaluated at emergency room. It is better to be safe than sorry. He can be tested later for COVID.
Answered on Jul 28, 2020

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