One more device we’ve been telling you about recently is also an essential tool in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s actually one of the most important things you can have. It’s called a pulse oximeter, and it’s a tiny little gadget that clips onto the end of your finger and reads your blood oxygen saturation. Why is it so important? Because it can alert you to a possible coronavirus infection long before anything else that’s readily available — and that includes a thermometer. Many people who have COVID-19 don’t ever get a fever, as we’ve seen in several studies.
COVID-19 attacks many parts of the body but it typically wreaks the most havoc on your lungs. Long before any other symptoms present, a COVID-19 infection can hinder the lungs’ ability to draw oxygen from the air. This causes blood oxygen levels to drop, and that’s why monitoring your blood oxygen level can be crucial in catching a possible coronavirus infection as early as possible.
In a healthy person, blood oxygen saturation should be anywhere between 95% and 100%. According to the Mayo Clinic, anything below 90% is considered unhealthy. In coronavirus patients, blood oxygen saturation as low as 50% has been observed.
Some people with the novel coronavirus have alarmingly low levels of blood oxygen, and they don’t even have a clue that their lives are in danger. They don’t appear to have any major trouble breathing, so they don’t realize how dire their situation may be.
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).