Coronavirus: Andy Cohen Used a Pulse Oximeter, Do You Need One?

Pulse Oximeter

Bravo's Andy Cohen battled coronavirus quarantined at home and says using a pulse oximeter helped him -- but do you need one?

The "Watch What Happens Live" host returned to work this week, hosting his talk show and radio show from his home and also reunited with his young son Ben after having to isolate himself.

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"It took about 10 or 11 days, I would say, to work through my system," he said on his SiriusXM radio show, "Andy Cohen Live," telling his listeners he had a fever, a cough, tightness in his chest, chills, loss of smell and appetite and body aches. "I took a lot of Tylenol... I took a lot of vitamin C."

The 51-year-old, who has asthma, says the use of a pulse oximeter -- a device which attaches to the fingertip and measures the amount of oxygen in a person's lungs -- helped him stay out of the hospital. He explained his doctor told him what level to keep an eye out for when using the pulse oximeter.

"You could scare yourself and feel like, 'Oh my God, my lungs don't feel right,' but you could use this ... pulse oximeter and see, 'OK, well actually, you're fine, you're within the range,'" Andy said.

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But do you or your loved ones need one of these devices? 

Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, an emergency medicine physician, told TODAY that most individuals should not worry about buying a pulse oximeter, noting that like many coronavirus/COVID-19-related medical items, there are not enough to go around.

"Average American families with no medical problems, I would not ask you to buy these," he said. "Like everything that’s being made right now for medicine, we don’t have enough of them ... We want these to be for high-risk patients, for people that are likely to develop COVID-19 pneumonia."

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Instead of worrying about getting a pulse oximeter, The Doctors stress the most effective method for not getting coronavirus is proper and frequent hand washing and staying home or away from others while in public (6 feet at all times).

Tune in to The Doctors this Friday for a special episode all about the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Find out where to watch*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.


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