ORLANDO, Fla. – Your medicine cabinet might be full, but is it full of the right stuff? Experts said there are some medications and devices that you should have, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
The first: a thermometer. It’s the tried-and-true way to check for a fever, which is a common symptom of COVID-19. Make sure you have extra batteries for it. Have ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand to help reduce a fever and relieve pain. Also, you may want to purchase a pulse oximeter, which measures oxygen levels in your blood.
“Monitoring oxygen is important in the high-risk populations and in anybody who we know has COVID,” said Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency physician.
It may detect early signs of pneumonia, which is particularly important in COVID cases.
“If we can detect the pneumonia earlier, then many, many more patients can avoid ventilators,” Levitan continued.
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