Tech Care of Your Health the Right Way: Smart Gadgets and COVID 19
Frontline doctors have recently shared what they have learned about Covid-19. They reveal that in many cases, patients show up at the hospital with severely low oxygen levels and high blood pressure, elevating their risk for severe health complications and death.
These small health and fitness devices may be all it takes to stay on top of your health during Covid-19.
Fitness watches and wearables
There are endless brands of fitness watches designed to inspire holistic wellness. Some, including from providers like Apple, have capabilities for measuring breathing rate, sleep patterns, and heart rate.
These devices can provide critical ECG data anywhere so that you can seek earlier medical intervention when symptoms start to show.
These watches and wearables work with ECG apps to measure the heart’s electrical signals quickly.
Mental health is equally a critical topic at this time of the pandemic. Most fitness watches and wearables in the market provide apps for breathing exercises, mindfulness, and relaxation tutorials at home.
By guiding you through a series of relaxing breaths, the apps may reduce your stress levels and improve overall health.
But the rush shouldn’t be about getting a new fitness and health device. Rather it should be about making good use of what you have at hand. That means updating your fitness apps and keeping them in sync with your smart wearables.
A simple home device called a pulse oximeter helps to measure your oxygen and pulse. In hospitals, when doctors decide who has recovered enough for home-care, a big part of that decision is based on oxygen and pulse readings.
If you had a thermometer and a pulse oximeter, you would know to get an early diagnosis and treatment before the symptoms of COVID 19 hit the roof.
The pulse oximeter device resembles a chip clip. You fit your finger in it, and in a moment, it displays data regarding your heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
If you are healthy, your oxygen reading should be 95 to 98 percent. If your reading falls below 92%, that’s a sign that you need to call your doctor. Normal heart rate reading is 60 -100 beats per minute. This can, however, be lower depending on your level of cardiovascular fitness.
When you insert your finger into the device, it sends wavelengths of light through your finger, targeting to measure the amount of oxygen in hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a light-sensitive protein molecule that carries oxygen.
It absorbs different wavelengths and amounts of light depending on how much oxygen it is carrying. The pulse oximeter uses this analysis to give a numerical reading.
You can use the device with your index fingers, but data shows that the highest readings come from the third finger on your dominant hand. Righties should use the right middle finger. Lefties should take the exam with the left middle finger.
Discussions are currently underway on whether to make these devices mandatory in the fight against the pandemic. Most doctors are asking their patients to get one.
Home air-quality monitoring gadgets
Now that you are doing your living, working, and cooking indoors, the air quality can quickly deteriorate to alarming levels. CO2 contamination, for instance, happens from gas stoves, laundry machines, and people.
The right air quality monitoring gadget can help you take the right steps to minimize pollution and prevent the risk of respiratory illnesses that can make you more vulnerable to COV SARS 2.
Most air quality monitors can be connected to an ios or Android app using Bluetooth or WIFI. The apps provide reports on historical data, CO2 measurements, and atmospheric pressure levels and temperature levels.
The air quality sensing gadgets can help ensure that your environment is safe and that you are breathing in clean air. They can similarly be deployed in office settings as part of the company strategy in promoting employee wellness during the pandemic.
Sleep and wellness devices and apps
There are currently many sleep monitoring gadgets and apps that can help monitor your sleep cycle based on sleeping movements and sound analysis. These are great solutions to consider now –sleep is the foundation for the wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
The best apps should also plug you into the community as a solution to loneliness and social isolation. Without intervention, social distancing and the current physical separation can lead to anxiety and depression.
Viber is an example of a fitness app that links you to a community of more than 900 million users.
You can join group chats for cooking, workout, reading, and much more. It is so much better than facing the pandemic alone.
Gaining excess weight makes you more vulnerable to COVID 19. There are various models of digital scales that you can leverage at this time to watch your weight.
Smart digital scales are integrated with Apple and Android devices. They provide more than just weight readings. Most can provide accurate measurements of lean body mass, body fat, and heart rate for a clearer picture in weight management.
Most scales use sensors with accuracy levels up a 10th of a pound. The configuration of electrode sensors can measure protein levels, BMI, muscle mass, visceral fat, bone mass, and much more.
Healthy BMI is 18.5 – 24.9.
Blood pressure monitors
You can use clinically approved consumer-grade blood pressure monitors to manage your blood pressure and detect heart conditions.
The best devices are configured to act as a blood pressure monitor, digital stethoscope, and electrocardiogram. Using such devices has never been more critical, especially now that hypertension is a vulnerability for the COV SARS 2 virus.
With the right gadget, you can detect cardiovascular issues within the comfort of your home. You can leverage integrated apps to share data and histories with your doctor for earlier, faster, and accurate diagnosis and treatment of illnesses when they occur.
Healthy blood pressure is between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg. If your blood pressure gets to 140/90mmH, that is clinically categorized as high blood pressure. On the other hand, a reading of 90/60mmHg or below is considered low blood pressure.
What to do after the readings
If your readings drop or rise above normal healthy levels, don’t panic, talk to your doctor. Ideally, you should conduct a 2nd and 3rd test to be sure. Share the readings with your doctor, so they determine whether to take you in for close care.
Faster detection and treatment can potentially improve your outcome and speed of recovery from COV SARS 2.