It is important we continue to be vigilant in self-monitoring for coronavirus symptoms to help prevent the spread of the virus. Shortness of breath is one of the symptoms the CDC lists as a possible coronavirus symptom. We need to keep in mind that the coronavirus doesn’t always cause obvious breathing problems even when people are heading toward respiratory failure. An inexpensive home device called a pulse oximeter may help detect trouble early.
Pulse oximetry is a test used to measure the oxygen level (oxygen saturation) of the blood. It is an easy, painless measure of how well oxygen is being sent to parts of your body furthest from your heart, such as the arms and legs.
Some experts warn it’s not risk-free. This link will help explain what physicians are seeing on the front line, and how a pulse oximeter may be helpful in understanding the risks and benefits.
We have created a short video from The Non-Surgical Center of Texas to show you how to use a pulse oximeter.
We hope you will find this information helpful. Just a reminder: We are here for you and open for business. We are also providing virtual visits to serve you in any way we can.