5 WAYS TO DO HEALTH-CHECKS AT HOME
Our lives have taken an unprecedented turn since the pandemic.
The recent implementation of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine has become the government’s instant solution to the frontliners’ pleas. Knowing that this is really not enough to answer our call to cease the rising cases in the country, we must all do our part in keeping our families and ourselves safe from COVID-19.
As we learn more about COVID-19 each day, we’ve come to realize that it could affect our bodies in more ways than one. We’re also now aware of the findings that the symptoms of the virus don’t only come in forms of high fevers and coughs. This makes it very important for us to do self-assessments everyday.
No one is marked safe from the virus, so it is everyone’s prerogative to do a health check, even on our own. Staying on top of our health is now our number one priority, and these at-home health-check exercises should now be part of our daily routine.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how a health-check is even possible without the presence of doctors or medical experts. Don’t worry; our team has compiled five easy-to-do ways for you to always make sure you’re in tiptop shape —even while at home.
Check your pulse rate
Your pulse rate indicates how many times your heart beats in a minute. It gives you an insight to how healthy your heart is. Checking your pulse rate is not only useful after going for a run or after doing a workout. It can also be an indicator of a serious COVID-19 symptom.
The normal pulse rate for a healthy adult ranges from 60-100 beats per minute. An elevated heart rate that exceeds 100 beats per minute is definitely something that should not be taken lightly. Please immediately seek medical attention if this happens.
How to do it
If you want to check your pulse rate manually, the easiest places to find it are the side of your neck, on the inside of your elbow, or your wrist. Place your first and second fingertips on one part and press firmly until you feel a pulse. Count your pulse for 60 seconds.
For a much easier way to check your pulse rate, opt for a lightweight monitoring device like this handy Pulse Oximeter. With its compact design, you won’t need to go to the doctor for monitoring; you can check your pulse rate at home with just a push of a button. The Pulse Oximeter could also be used to easily monitor the amount of oxygen carried in the body.
Check your temperature
Clearly seen in malls, stores, and other public establishments, there is a required body temperature screening for each time you enter. Those with fever or questionable high temperature readings are refrained from entering the establishments. Being aware of your body temperature has become vital in this COVID-19 era.
How to do it
This Contactless Infrared Thermometer looks awfully familiar doesn’t it? In order to know the numbers, you don’t really need to leave the house and have yourself checked upon entrance in any establishment. You can now have your own contactless thermometer and scan the body temperatures of everyone in your household in just under a minute each. If your temperature exceeds 38°C, please consult a doctor.
Check for coughs
Coughs come in different types and doctors use them as clues to know a person’s underlying disease. As you may know, a cough that persists continuously for more than an hour calls for some medical attention. Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, coughing and shortness of breath are common symptoms; and it is important to be conscious about your state of health early on.
How to do it
COVID-19 infects the lungs and can be potentially fatal if not given serious attention to. One easy exercise to test for coughs is to hold your breath 10 seconds and check if there are any signs of discomfort. Though this is not a practice done by medical experts, it still is useful to detect early signs of symptoms.
Test your sense of smell
Last month, the loss of sense of smell and taste had been added to the long list of COVID-19 symptoms. Since we all already know how to test for fevers and coughs, it is also important to know how to identify if you’ve also lost your sense of smell.
How to do it
One basic way to test if your sense of smell is working perfectly fine is to place different household stuff with strong fragrances on your table and take turns smelling each item one by one. Some examples of these items are a jar of coffee powder, scented candle and a slice of lemon.
Check for loss of taste
The sudden absence of taste one morning can be a telltale sign of an impending cold or the flu. These days, they can be symptoms of something much worse. Taste and smell are connected to each other, but in some occasions taste can be much more noticeable.
How to do it
One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is loss of taste and it can be checked pretty easily. Just try a dab of salt on your finger, or eat your lunch normally. If there is a significant change in taste, that can be an indicator of early symptoms.
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