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How to Monitor Your Blood Oxygen Levels for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

How to Monitor Your Blood Oxygen Levels for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, the fingertip pulse oximeter is a convenient and quick way to monitor your blood oxygen levels.

What is a fingertip pulse oximeter?

A simple device that helps you monitor your blood oxygen levels. It is a non-invasive device (no needles) and provides results in just a few seconds.

How to use a fingertip pulse oximeter?

  • Please check your blood oxygen levels twice a day, once in the morning and once at night (or more frequently as recommended by your healthcare provider).

  • Make sure the device is installed with a battery and turned on.

  • Place your index finger (the finger next to your thumb with the nail facing up) into the oximeter.

  • Wait for the screen to display a number.

  • If the screen does not display a number, try another finger (not your thumb) to test. The oximeter may not work if your fingers are cold or damp, or if you have nail polish on them.

  • Record your blood oxygen levels on the provided log.

  • Register to receive daily free text message support.

Why is monitoring your own blood oxygen levels with a fingertip pulse oximeter so important?

Many people with COVID-19 do not realize they have the virus because they do not have any symptoms. COVID-19 can cause an infection in your lungs, lowering your blood oxygen levels.

When your blood oxygen levels are low, you may feel tired or short of breath, but you may not feel any different at all. This can be dangerous.

You should continue to use the fingertip oximeter to monitor your blood oxygen levels until you feel better. If your blood oxygen levels drop, you should seek medical attention immediately.

How to understand the readings on the screen of a fingertip pulse oximeter?

The fingertip pulse oximeter will display two numbers. The blood oxygen level is marked as SpO2. The other number is your heart rate. For most people, a normal blood oxygen level is 95% or higher, and a normal heart rate is usually below 100.

Your blood oxygen levels and heart rate may vary depending on your activity, body position, and overall health. If you have any questions, please consult your healthcare provider.

How to clean a fingertip pulse oximeter?

Use a cloth, kitchen paper towel, or cotton ball dipped in at least 60% isopropyl alcohol to wipe all surfaces of the oximeter. Clean it after each use or before using it for someone else.