The Temasek Foundation announced today (June 24) that it will give every household in Singapore an oximeter to help them monitor blood oxygen levels, which can help detect the first signs of deteriorating health.
“The Covid-19 virus can cause blood oxygen levels to drop to dangerously low levels, even when you have no other symptoms … An oximeter can alert us to seek medical attention when levels are dangerously low low, “says the foundation statement.
“Silent pneumonia is one of the most serious consequences of Covid-19, where seriously ill people can generally feel good, despite damaged lungs,” he added.
Families can pick up the devices from July 5 to August 5 at more than 300 local personal stores and supermarkets, including FairPrice, Sheng Siong, Giant, Cold Storage, Watsons, Unity and Guardian.
The device can be picked up with a brochure that SingPost will deliver to homes via mailboxes from next Monday (June 28) to Saturday (July 3).
Families can check their collection points and the nearest activated operating hours the Stay Prepared website.
How to use an oximeter
Healthy blood oxygen levels range from 95 to 100% and levels from 90 to 94% are considered low readings.
Levels below 90% are considered dangerously low and urgent treatment is needed in an accident and emergency department.
Users can place the oximeter around their fingertips and press a button to activate the device. The reading of the oxygen level in the blood will take a few seconds to stabilize.
The results on the device screen will show the blood oxygen level and pulse rate.
If the oximeter is shared, users should use a disinfectant cleaner to clean it before and after use.
Note that the oximeter is away from dust, vibration, high temperatures, humidity, corrosive substances and explosive materials.
The foundation said blood oxygen readings cannot replace a Covid-19 test as it is not a definitive indicator of testing positive for the virus, but noted that low readings may be caused by other underlying conditions or complications. .
The oximeters distributed in this initiative are manufactured by the biotech companies Lepu and Yuwell. The two brands have the same key function of measuring blood oxygen levels and dust rates, and will be distributed based on the Temasek Foundation’s warehouse distributions.
Last year, Temasek Foundation gave 8,000 oximeters to foreign dormitory workers as part of measures to curb the spread of the infection.
Featured Image Credit: Temasek Foundation