The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for over 2 years worldwide. After the Delta variant, the newest variant of the virus is Omicron. This variant is highly infectious and spreads more rapidly than its previous counterparts. However, the Omicron symptoms are moderate and most people infected with this strain do not even require hospitalization. For this reason, a lesser number of people are requiring hospitalization.
This does not mean that you can throw caution to the wind. It is essential to keep yourself safe and not get infected. There are many health monitoring devices using which you can monitor your health and protect yourself against COVID-19. Some of the top ones have been discussed below –
Pulse Oximeter is one of the most critical health monitoring devices in the current times. The function of pulse oximeters is to measure the blood oxygen level. A dip in blood oxygen level is a characteristic feature of COVID-19 infection. The normal blood oxygen level is between 95% to 100%. The blood oxygen level tends to dip below 95% due to coronavirus infection, and a dangerous fall in the oxygen level necessitates oxygen support. A pulse oximeter is required to monitor the blood oxygen level constantly. The Delta variant caused many deaths by plunging the SpO2 to fatal levels.
The pulse oximeter clips onto the finger. It works by shining a light through the finger to the sensor on the other side of the device. The pulse oximeter measures the amount of light absorbed by blood to determine whether the color of the blood is well oxygenated enough or not and displays the percentage saturation.
It is recommended to use only those pulse oximeters that also display the heart rate and the SPo2 of the blood.
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test Kit
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test Kit allows people to perform Covid tests on their own in the event of the appearance of Coronavirus symptoms. Thus, it is also among the important health monitoring devices available today. There is no need to visit a testing lab if you have this kit at home.
The test kit provides results in just 15 minutes. The kit contains a sterile nasal swab, pre-filled extraction tube, test card, disposable bag, and an instruction manual. The process involves taking the sample using the nasal swap, putting the swab into the tube, breaking the extended part of the swab to seal it inside the tube, and adding two drops of the liquid to the test card. The kit needs to be put in the disposable bag after use and discarded.
The kit can be purchased from both online platforms and conventional medical stores.
Contactless Thermometer is an infrared thermometer that measures the body temperature from a distance of 1-2 inches from the body. IR thermometers are among the essential health monitoring devices to be kept at home, especially in the current times. This is because the increase in body temperature is the main symptom of Covid infection and contactless thermometers can detect body temperature without coming in contact with the patient and getting contaminated.
Contactless Thermometers determine the body temperature by picking up the infrared radiation of the body. Infrared radiation is generated by the motion of the molecules in the body. The body temperature is directly proportional to the speed of the molecules. The lens of the IR thermometer focuses the infrared radiation coming from the body on a thermopile present inside the device. The incident infrared radiation on the thermocouple produces a voltage output. The detector uses the voltage output to produce a temperature reading. The more the voltage, the greater is the temperature.
Many IR thermometers models in the market are accurate, fast, have backlit displays, and are backed by warranty periods.
Glucometer is a device to measure blood sugar levels. This is one of the crucial health monitoring devices for diabetic patients to monitor their blood sugar levels daily. COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the woes of those patients suffering from comorbidities, including diabetes. This is because Covid affects this group of patients the most. It is thus essential to keep the blood sugar levels under control, especially when infected with the virus.
The glucometer measures blood sugar levels through electrochemical technology. Glucometer comes with test strips. A small blood sample obtained by slightly pricking the finger is put on the test strip. The test strip contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase and a chemical called ferricyanide. The glucose present in the blood sample reacts with glucose oxidase to produce gluconic acid. Gluconic acid reacts with ferricyanide to produce ferrocyanide.
The test strip containing ferrocyanide is inserted into the glucometer. The glucometer runs an electric current through the ferrocyanide to determine the amount of glucose present in the blood sample. The figure is displayed on the screen.
Maintaining high fitness levels is even more important in the current COVID-19 world. To this end, fitness bands have become one of the important health monitoring devices. Fitness bands collect various data about bodies through sensors installed in them. A fitness band can track various parameters such as the number of steps taken, calories burned, distance covered, calorie intake, and even sleep cycle.
Fitness bands can also track many other activities such as cycling, yoga, swimming, hiking, and more, apart from walking and running. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, it is recommended to opt for fitness bands that monitor the SpO2 or blood oxygen levels and heart rate.
Fitness bands set goals and provide fitness tips that help in motivating you to work out daily. The fitness bands connect with mobile applications that keep track of the wearer’s fitness regimen and even syncs with social media platforms to connect with other fitness enthusiasts. Many fitness bands also provide calls, messages, and social media notifications.
There are many high-end fitness bands by prominent brands available in the market.
While it is essential to prevent yourself from getting infected, it is also equally important to take care of your health. The above-mentioned health monitoring devices can help you monitor your health so that you can take preventive measures at the right time. To fully protect yourself, however, it is essential to get a Vital health cover. It starts from just Rs. 299 per month but provides much better coverage when compared to its peers.