COVID-19 ALERT! Using thermometer, oximeter used by COVID-19 patient? MUST KNOW this
One of the most frequently enquired questions in this situation is if it is safe to use the thermometer and oximeter which has already been used for a COVID-19 positive patient.
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a great worry for the people of the people. On May 18, 2021, the country witnessed 2,63,533 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours as per the Union Health Ministry. Amidst this pandemic situation when people in such numbers are getting affected, it is most important to be acquainted with certain useful information which may come in handy at any time. One of the most frequently enquired questions in this situation is if it is safe to use the thermometer and oximeter which has already been used for a COVID-19 positive patient.
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In most of the households, often more than one thermometer or oximeter are not available. As per a report by the Bengali daily, Anandabazar Patrika, time and again physicians have reminded of the fact that no one should use the objects used by a COVID-19 positive patient. However, as in most of the households only one thermometer or oximeter is available, it is also not permissible to anyone from a COVID-19 affected to buy these instruments from a medicine shop. In that case, the physicians are of the opinion that if these instruments are used by some other person after proper sanitisation then there is no reason to worry.
It must be noted that though these instruments can be used by others after proper sanitisation, it must be ensured that the thermometer is not put in the mouth of a COVID-19 positive patient. In order to sanitise these instruments after being used by the COVID-19 patient, these instruments should be cleansed properly using cotton dipped in sanitiser. After that, the instruments should be left in an open space for some time. The person sanitising the instruments must wear double masks during the process. Wearing mask is also a necessity while using the instruments. The instruments should also be sanitised properly after use.
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