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A new report by Dr Rajeev Jayadevan shows 106 deaths of doctors from #COVID in 3 months. Many staggering details on age groups hit. That story on @themojo_in today. Here I meet Rohan & Shobham, young sons of Dr Ripon Mallick, orphaned by the Virus. He was 50, his wife 45.
Q&A on Finger pulse Oximeters.
A doctor in our our team had responded to queries on oximeters we received on Twitter.
Follow this thread for an informative summary of the Q&A.

What does a finger pulse oximeter do?
Oxygen saturation measurement is done by pulse oximetry, where a probe shines a light through your finger or toe and measures the changes in wavelength, which is correlated to the the amount of oxygen carried in your bloodstream.

What is a safe range of oxygen saturation?
An SpO2 (oxygen saturation) of 94-100% can be considered normal. There can be variation between people of different body types, with obese people having lower normal saturations.....
....People with pre-existing respiratory conditions like chronic bronchitis and COPD will also have lower than normal oxygen saturation in everyday situations. Such patients are advised to consult their physician for more information.

What is the best position of hand to use the oximeter?
It is best to measure your oxygen saturation in the index, middle or ring fingers as they have the bulk to adequately cover both the light source and the sensor.

Is there a recommended time to take the measurements?

There is no variation of SpO2 with time. It should just be measured when the patient is conscious and in a resting state, as there can be variations while sleeping and exercising.

Does the SpO2 range vary based on gender or age?
Male or female, adult or child, oxygen saturation remains in the range of 94-100. Strenuous exercise can temporarily reduce SpO2 count, but they should recover on taking rest.

I have a large variation in SpO2 from 94 to 99 in a day. Is it normal?
Yes. As mentioned earlier, saturation can decrease with strenuous activities. Moreover, factors like inappropriate sensor placement, damp fingers etc. can also be contributory factors.

I have SpO2 sensors in my phone/health band. Are they reliable?
The issue with phone/band SpO2 sensors is the quality of reading. This has improved with generations, but it is recommended to use a fingertip sensor if you want consistent and reliable readings.

Are there any brands of oximeters that you recommend?
We are not recommending any brands as of now. Nonin medical, Omron, Contec, BPL etc. are some of the more reputed brands. But based on our experience, most no-name oximeters are reliable for home use.

When should we seek medical help?
You may consult a doctor if your oxygen saturation readings are below 94-95% on multiple occasions, or if you are feeling breathless.

Will wearing mask for prolonged periods reduce oxygen saturation?
A normal healthy individual will not be affected by wearing a mask for a long period. If you experience temporary discomfort, everything including saturation should be normal once you take the mask off.

Is oximeters to be used by all or only those with symptoms?
Pulse oximetery can be only one component of a multi-pronged strategy for screening along with temperature checks etc. It cannot be used in isolation.

That was a summary of the Q&A on offer pulse oximeters. Hope you found it helpful. Share with others as use of oximeters is becoming popular. If you have further questions, do let us know.

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Let’s help save lives and get through this pandemic together!

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* नमस्कार, आपका दिन शुभ हो ! *

* उपयोगी जानकारी *

❇️ * कोविड परीक्षण का आंकड़ा 1 करोड़ के पार
कोविड प्रयोगशालाओं की कुल संख्या 1,100 से ज्यादा हुई राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर रिकवरी दर बढ़कर 60.86 प्रतिशत हुई। *

❇️ * NATMO 19 द्वारा पर COVID-19 डैशबोर्ड का अद्यतन संस्करण प्रकाशित किया गया है। *
* इस डैशबोर्ड की प्रमुख विशेषताएं: *
▪️ * सिंगल मैप विंडो *
▪️ * कोविड आंकड़े *
▪️ * 'ड्रिल डाउन' अप्रोच के साथ डेटा की प्रस्तुति *
▪️ * पिछले 14 दिनों में राज्यों की स्थिति पर जोर *

❇️ * विश्व बैंक और भारत सरकार ने सूक्ष्म, लघु एवं मध्यम उद्यमों हेतु ‘आपातकालीन उपाय कार्यक्रम’ के लिए 750 मिलियन डॉलर के समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर किए। *

❇️ * विश्व बैंक ने भारत की कोविड-19 की लड़ाई में आपातकालीन उपायों के लिए 2.75 अरब डॉलर की मदद देने की घोषणा की थी। *

❇️ * सड़क परिवहन और राजमार्ग मंत्रालय: बेहतरीन सेवा के लिए सड़कों की रैंकिंग तैयार करेगी एनएचएआई। *

❇️ * राज्य सरकारों के साथ विचार-विमर्श से देश में उर्वरक का पर्याप्त स्टॉक पहले से ही उपलब्ध है। *

❇️ * विश्वविद्यालयों और कॉलेजों द्वारा फाइनल सेमेस्टर की परीक्षा सितंबर अंत तक आयोजित की जाएगी। *

❇️ * एमएचआरडी: यूजीसी के एमओओसी प्लेटफॉर्म पर टोपोलॉजी का कोर्स उपलब्ध। विजिट करें: *

❇️ * मरीजों और उनके परिजनों के साथ भेदभाव या दुर्व्यवहार न करें। *
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* Good morning, have a nice day ! *

* Useful Alerts *

❇️ * COVID Tests cross 1 crore milestone.
Total number of COVID labs cross 1100
National Recovery Rate improves to 60.86% *

❇️ * NATMO publishes updated version of COVID-19 Dashboard at *
* The key features of this dashboard are as follows: *
▪️ * A single Map Window *
▪️ * COVID Statistics *
▪️ * 'Drill Down' approach to represent data *
▪️ * States Scenario with an emphasis to last 14 days *

❇️ * World Bank and Government of India sign $750 million Agreement for Emergency Response Programme for MSME. *

❇️ * World Bank has to date committed $2.75 billion to support India’s emergency COVID-19 response. *

❇️ * Ministry of Road Transport and Highways: NHAI to Rank Roads for Quality Service. *

❇️ * Prepositioning of fertilisers in adequate quantities done in consultations with the State Governments. *

❇️ * Universities and colleges to conduct final semester exams by September end. *

❇️ * MHRD: UGC MOOCs platform offers course in Topology. Visit: *

❇️ * Do not stigmatize against patients and their families. *
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देश में एमएसएमई रजिस्ट्रेशन की नई व्यवस्था शुरू। देखिए नए उद्यम रजिस्ट्रेशन पोर्टल के जरिए अब उद्यम का रजिस्ट्रेशन कराना कितना हुआ आसान। #AatmaNirbharBharat Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,Government of India

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हमारी लड़ाई कोरोना से है, मरीजों से नहीं। आइए बदलकर अपना व्यवहार, कोरोना पर करें प्रहार। आइये इस भेदभाव को रोकें। #IndiaFightsCorona

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अस्पताल जाने से पहले किन बातों का रखें ध्यान, जानने के लिए यह वीडियो देखें। #IndiaFightsCorona

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समझदार बनें, मस्क पहनें' Wear a mask everytime you step out to stay safe and protected against COVID-19. Remember, mask is not a mere accessory but its our protective gear during this pandemic. #IndiaFightsCorona

Forwarded from Karnataka COVID-19 Updates (Preeti Dixit)
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Ministry of Health - Let's promise ourselves to henceforth follow these 15 Covid Appropriate Behaviours to keep safe.

There's a Covid support group (worldwide) on Facebook, where long Covid positive patients are interacting and sharing their peculiar manifestations of the disease. I believe every doc should be a part of it.

-Simran @chicksim (twitter)