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The Ideal Tool During COVID-19

The Ideal Tool During COVID-19

Over the last year, the world had faced the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19. Fast forward one year later, now we have the opportunity to stay on top of our health in difficult times. Corona virus is known to enter through the respiratory system causing direct impacts on an individual’s lungs through inflammation and pneumonia. Consequently, this can have a severe impact on breathing and the transportation of blood within the bloodstream. This oxygen impairment can occur at multiple stages of COVID-19, and not simply for critically ill patients placed on ventilators.

In fact, there's a phenomenon we've observed clinically where a person with COVID-19 can have very low oxygen levels but otherwise appear well, termed "happy hypoxia." It's concerning because these patients may be more significantly ill than they feel, certainly warranting closer attention in a medical setting.

It's why you may be wondering if an oximeter can help detect COVID-19 early.

If a person has a mild case of COVID-19 and is self-treating at home, an oximeter can be a helpful tool for checking oxygen levels so that low oxygen levels can be caught early. In general, the people who are theoretically more at risk for oxygen issues are those with pre-existing lung disease, heart disease and/or obesity, as well as active smokers

Detecting from Home

If a person has a mild case of COVID-19 and is self-treating at home, an oximeter can be a helpful tool for checking oxygen levels so that low oxygen levels can be caught early. In general, the people who are theoretically more at risk for oxygen issues are those with pre-existing lung disease, heart disease and/or obesity, as well as active smokers.

In addition, since "happy hypoxia" can be present in people who might otherwise be regarded as asymptomatic, a pulse oximeter can help ensure that this clinically silent early warning sign is not missed.

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