During this COVID-19 pandemic, a couple of the most important things we have to monitor frequently are our body temperatures and blood oxygen levels. These are helpful ways to see if a person has caught the virus or not, since frequent symptoms of COVID-19 include low oxygen levels and high temperatures. It’s still not the same as an actual formal PCR test, but catching these symptoms early on would help determine whether one needs to take the formal test or not.
For temperatures, an in-ear thermometer is recommended instead of the now more common contactless thermoguns, since the former is more accurate than the latter. And for oxygen levels, you should make use of a pulse oximeter, which is a small handy device that is usually slid over your fingertip and makes use of infrared light refraction to see how well oxygen is picked up by your red blood cells. It’s easy to use and convenient to keep on hand at home, but prices can usually go up to PHP 2,000 or even more. So make sure you add to cart at least one of these budget-friendly pulse oximeters!
Yuwell is a brand part of the Xiaomi Ecological Chain Products (yes, the same company bringing you those affordable smartphones). This pulse oximeter has a clear display that is easy to read with its two-color and four-directional display (you can read it from different angles!). And it only takes a few seconds to get a reading of your oxygen levels. Get yours on Shopee for PHP 980 (discounted from PHP 2,882) or Lazada for PHP 1,274 (discounted from PHP 1,911(.
Yongrow’s pulse oximeter comes with an OLED display with 4 levels of brightness and and four-directional display mode. You only need to press one button to operate, so anyone can use this easily without much fuss. Get yours on Shopee for PHP 399 (discounted from PHP 779) or Lazada for PHP 449 (discounted from PHP 1,148).
Functional and easy to use, this oximeter from Boxym is operated with just one button. If the device doesn’t detect anything, it will automatically power off to save up on battery charge. Get yours here for PHP 666.
This oximeter is portable and lightweight, making it your perfect partner on the go. It has an anti-shaking feature that ensures the device would be secure as it detects your oxygen levels. This also displays your perfusion index value, which indicates how much blood is flowing to your finger (which is important in getting an accurate reading of your oxygen levels). Get yours on Shopee for PHP 950, Lazada for PHP 475 (discounted from PHP 749), or South Star Drug for PHP 1,400.
Yonker’s oximeters are small, lightweight, and convenient to bring around and use. The LED display shows your oxygen levels and pulse rate in numbers, bar graph, and pulse waveform. To save on battery charge, it powers down immediately if it doesn’t detect anything within 8 seconds. Get yours on South Star Drug for PHP 900. Or order from Lazada and choose from battery-use version for PHP 383.35 (discounted from PHP 820) or rechargeable version for PHP 665.21 (discounted from PHP 1,400).
Aolon’s oximeter comes with a dual-colored LED display and a silicone finger mold, allowing you to easily see your oxygen levels while letting your finger stay comfortable. You can also set an alarm bell to notify you if ever you reach your upper or lower limits or any abnormal readings. Get yours on Shopee for PHP 349 (discounted from PHP 1,699).
Made of PP material, HealMed’s pulse oximeter is lightweight and easy to carry around and use. Simply place your finger into the fingertip photoelectric sensor, and the screen will automatically show your oxygen levels and pulse rate. Get yours on Watsons for PHP 499.75.
Simple and straightforward, Indoplas’s standard pulse oximeter has a large display that lets you easily and conveniently read your diagnosis from this small device. It also gives a reading of your pulse rate. Get yours on Shopee for PHP 699 (discounted from PHP 799).
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