Fingertip oximeters measure the amount of oxygen saturation in the blood. This measurement determines how well oxygen travels to all parts of the body. It is a painless and quick method that gives accurate results.
It’s being reported that some individuals with COVID-19 have extremely low levels of blood oxygen without any noticeable signs or symptoms. It has raised concerns among healthcare professionals across the world. This oxygen deprivation (Hypoxia) is referred to as a silent killer.
The American Lung Association urges all consumers to discuss the necessity and use of the device with their healthcare provider. A medical professional can determine if an oximeter would be helpful and also provide direction for interpreting the readings in the context of how a person is feeling.