Study suggests COVID mortality associated with 2 signs easily measurable at home

Updated:2 months ago

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): A new study on COVID patients has found that abnormal blood-oxygen levels and breathing rates are strong predictors of poor patient outcomes in hospitals. The study, published in the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, done on 1,095 patients hospitalised with COVID-19, discovered that two easily measurable signs of health, respiration rate, and blood-oxygen saturation are distinctly predictive of higher mortality. Notably, the authors said, anyone who receives a positive COVID-19 screening test can easily monitor for these two signs at home. This context is lacking in current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tells people with COVID-19 to seek medical attention when they experience overt symptoms such as "trouble breathing" and "persistent pain or pressure in the chest". The findings are relevant for family-medicine practitioners and virtual-care providers, who are typically first-line clinical contacts for people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result and want to monitor meaningful symptoms. But people don't walk around knowing WHO and CDC guidelines; we get this guidance from our physicians and news stories. People with positive COVID-19 test results, particularly those at higher risk of adverse outcomes due to advanced age or obesity, buy or borrow a pulse oximeter and monitor for blood oxygen below 92 per cent.

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