COVID-19 Mortality Associated With 2 Signs Detectable At Home, Reveals A Study

A recent study shows that COVID-19 patients can easily monitor 2 key symptoms from home, which are good indicators of mortality.

Srimoyee Bhattacharya

May 27, 2021

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The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has been absolutely chaotic in India. It has negatively impacted an unimaginably large number of lives with the nation having witnessed countless fatalities due to it. A recent study on the subject of such fatalities suggests that there are two aspects of health, very easily traceable at home, that can help detect the possibility of mortality in a patient.

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According to a study that was recently published in the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, two key observable signs in a patient can help to predict their mortality, even at home. These two powerful indicators of poor patient outcomes in medical facilities such as hospitals include abnormal blood-oxygen levels and breathing rates. A study, conducted on one thousand and ninety-five COVID-19 patients who were hospitalised, showed that the two easily measurable signs of health, respiration rate and blood-oxygen saturation, are distinctly predictive of higher mortality.

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Any patient diagnosed with a positive diagnosis of the virus can easily monitor the two signs at home. Such a context of the disease has not found enough attention and awareness by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Essentially, it conveys to those carrying the virus, that they should seek professional medical care upon facing evident symptoms of breathing trouble and persistent pain or pressure in their chests.

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These recent discoveries from the study are relevant for family-medicine practitioners and virtual-care providers. They are usually the first clinical help being contacted by people who have been found to be COVID-19 positive and need to monitor crucial symptoms. Those with advanced age or obesity are at a higher risk of adverse outcomes. They need to keep handy a pulse oximeter and track their blood oxygen levels for below 92%.

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