As the coronavirus continues to spread, a small medical device called a pulse oximeter has started to fly off the shelves. In fact, demand has spiked to such an extraordinary degree that you may not be able to buy one right now in your local pharmacy or online.
What is it?
A pulse oximeter is a small electronic device that estimates the saturation of oxygen in your blood. You want a number in the 95% to 100% range. If the number drops to 92% or lower, that’s a cause for concern. That’s generally the level where a doctor might put you on supplementary oxygen and keep you in the hospital for observation.
Why are these devices suddenly getting so much attention?
COVID-19 can bring on what’s called COVID pneumonia — an infection in which the lung’s air sacs fill with fluid or pus. And it’s possible that someone infected with the novel coronavirus might be in the early stages of COVID pneumonia – including a drop in blood oxygen level — without experiencing any difficulty breathing.
Should you get one?
The answer is YES! 92% figure (or lower) is a sign that you should get evaluated because this disease kills silently and you don’t have to have significant shortness of breath to be at risk.
The Procuro PIMM Health Check APP provides a non-intrusive way of protecting worker safety in offices, plants, warehouses and retail outlets in light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Global Pandemic.
In addition to the temperature check, a secondary health check allows the employee to place a finger in a Bluetooth enabled Oximeter, which will record their blood oxygen levels. A reading under 95% can be a symptom of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).