As the country battles the second wave of COVID-19, it is of the utmost importance that we stay at home and practice social distancing. As we all try to stay strong and build our immunity, it’s essential to understand the basic symptoms and get tested as needed.
Checking your temperature during COVID-19 is the first step anyone should take as soon as they experience a symptom. The government advises citizens to take a simple 6-minute test to check your health and the functionality of your lungs.
In an official announcement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the government of Maharashtra urged administrations to raise public awareness of the testing that can be performed at home by people with symptoms of COVID-19.
Here’s everything you need to know about the simple six-minute walk test to check your health
What is the test for?
The six-minute test checks the oxygen level, depending on the decision to admit the patient to the hospital in case the oxygen level drops below the critical level.
Who should take the test?
People who have fever, cough and cold or other symptoms of coronavirus infection or those who are isolated at home.
How do I take the six-minute walk test?
- Place an oximeter on your finger
- Make sure your finger is making good contact with the sensor to get the correct pulse rate.
- Note the oxygen level.
- Now, without removing the oximeter, walk at a normal pace around your house / room for six minutes.
- Do not go up stairs or slopes.
- After six minutes, note your oxygen level again.
How to check the test result?
If after six minutes your oxygen levels remain the same or drop by one or two percent, you are fine. If you want, you can repeat the test one or two more times and check the oxygen level.
Who needs medical care?
If after the test your oxygen level drops below 93% or drops by 3% before you start walking or if you experience shortness of breath, you should see a doctor immediately. This drop in oxygen level indicates that the individual is not receiving enough oxygen and needs to be hospitalized, according to the health department.
Who should avoid taking the test?
- People with asthma
- People who are short of breath even when they are seated
Note for people over 60 years old
People over 60 can take a 3-minute walk test instead of six.