Three popular home devices used in Covid-19 treatment

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By Rudolph Nkgadima 10h ago

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Cape Town – Medical devices are finding their way into people’s homes and are becoming more and more popular because of the coronavirus.

For better control of the spread of Covid-19, contact tracing and warning applications have been implemented.

In South Africa, the government has also turned to technology with its Bluetooth contact tracing app, COVID Alert SA, aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

The app uses Bluetooth contact tracking technology to tell people if they’ve been in contact with someone with Covid-19.

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Here are some of the medical devices used at home to treat Covid-19:

Pulse oximeter

Despite a new study showing that the pulse oximeter is more prone to error in people with darker skin, these devices are increasingly popular for home use, with pharmacies in KwaZulu-Natal reportedly running out of blood pressure monitors. ‘oxygen.

The device works by measuring the percentage of oxygen in the blood when it is clipped to a fingertip. Doctors say it’s mostly beneficial for people who don’t need immediate attention in hospital but are at high risk of developing severe symptoms of Covid-19, such as those with health problems underlying.

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The South African Medical Association (Sama) has also urged the public to purchase the device only if they really need it, as it is an important tool for doctors to monitor patients with symptoms of Covid-19.

Nebulizer machine

The nebulizer can be used to relieve the symptoms of various lung conditions by giving both quick-relief drugs and long-term control drugs. It helps deliver drugs directly to the lungs and respiratory system where they are needed, and relieves symptoms such as shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.

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Nebulizers work by converting a solution into a fine spray, which makes it easier to inhale drugs. A nebulizer is a machine that creates a mist of medicine that is breathed in through a mouthpiece.

Respiratory mask

Often used for chronic lung disease, some doctors use them for people with Covid-19. A face mask ventilator is a non-invasive method of supporting a person’s breathing and oxygen levels. To use one, a person wears a mask that fits over the nose and mouth while air blows through their airways and lungs.

People with Covid-19 can use a face mask respirator if they have difficulty breathing or do not have sufficient oxygen levels.

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