These past couple of months have been a sneak peek into a post-pandemic world and a flashback to the pre-pandemic world. With the vaccine rollouts and endings to lockdowns, it almost feels like we might finally be saying goodbye to covid-19. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that this is far from over and we must continue to stay safe and take care of ourselves. With covid-19 cases on the rise again, it’s time to revisit some lesser-known facts on the virus that has put the world on pause.
Covid-19 and Oxygen saturation
When covid-19 enters your body, it causes inflammation in the lungs, which impacts the
the efficiency of the transfer of oxygen into your bloodstream. Even if someone with COVID-19 is asymptomatic, their oxygen levels might be low and they will eventually need medical assistance. A pulse oximeter is a great tool for measuring oxygen saturation. They work by emitting infrared light that passes through your skin, tissue, and blood to detect and measure the amount of light that passes through the finger without getting absorbed by the blood and tissue. This determines your oxygen saturation and can tell doctors how well your lungs are working. Healthy oxygen levels are above 90%, so if you find yours to be lower please consult a healthcare professional. Be aware that certain lung conditions lower blood oxygen levels and those who suffer from them might have lower levels that are considered acceptable. Track your oxygen saturation right from home with our Beurer Bluetooth Digital Pulse Oximeter, PO60, and download the data right to your phone!
However, low blood oxygen levels don’t always point to covid-19. Low readings could also
be related to pneumonia and blood clots, so seek medical advice before coming to conclusions.
Covid-19 and Blood Pressure
The relationship between covid-19 and high blood pressure is still being studied, but current evidence suggests that people with high blood pressure are at a greater risk of infection. The research found that patients who had uncontrolled or untreated high blood pressure got sicker and were at higher risk of developing complications from covid-19 than those who have controlled blood pressure.
Certain medications used to combat covid 19 symptoms can also raise your blood pressure,
such as over-the-counter flu medications that contain oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, and pseudoephedrine. Monitor your blood pressure regularly if you’re currently suffering from a cold or covid infection to ensure any medication you're taking is not affecting your blood pressure. Try our Beurer Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, BC30 for accurate, painless readings. You can track up to 60 readings to ensure your blood pressure is in top shape.
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