“Silent pneumonia” is one of the most serious consequences of COVID-19, where seriously ill people can feel generally well, despite damaged lungs and dangerously low levels of oxygen. An oximeter can help alert us to seek medical attention when the levels become dangerously low. As such, Temasek Foundation provided one free oximeter for every Singapore household to enable everyone to monitor their blood oxygen levels regularly.
Over 300 outlets at NTUC FairPrice, Sheng Siong, Giant, Cold Storage, Watsons, Unity, and Guardian participated in this oximeter collection initiative from 5 July to 5 August 2021.
Behind every public distribution is a team of partners who work tirelessly to serve residents and provide a smooth collection experience on the ground. Check out how our partners had supported the oximeter collection exercise! Also hear Dr Lee Kang Hoe, a lung and intensive care specialist, explain the importance of knowing one’s normal blood oxygen levels, and how the use of an oximeter can help detect silent COVID pneumonia.