With the new update, Huawei Watch GT 2 starts to monitor SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) and can help to detect if the person has COVID-19
In Brazil, the smartwatch Huawei Watch GT 2 already received the latest update that brings improvements to the operating system. Among the novelties, there is a significant resource capable of helping to detect whether the user has COVID-19 (disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus).
As Huawei Watch GT 2, it is now possible to perform the monitoring of SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) and be better prepared if the person has the new disease. Before, it is important to remember that the smartwatch did not receive the novelty for medical purposes, that is, it does not replace the medical diagnosis for the COVID-19. Therefore, the resource should only be used for personal reference.
Generally, this monitoring by finger oximeters, where you only need to place your fingertip, and in a few seconds, the device displays blood oxygen saturation data and your heart rate. The magic behind the finger oximeters it is in the light, which manages to gather information from the penetration with a finger.
THE finger oximetry It is already used by people who already have lung diseases. Therefore, the equipment can also be very useful to follow the first signs of COVID-19. But how can this work on the smartwatch from Huawei? See below.
How Watch GT 2 can detect COVID-19
COVID-19 is a disease that strongly affects human lungs. With the difficulty in breathing, consequently, you will have reduced oxygen level in the blood. As the Huawei Watch GT 2 can monitor the SpO2 similar to finger oximeters, the watch can mainly help those with suspected infection with the new coronavirus.
Therefore, having the information of the SpO2 can help the doctor (even at a distance) to provide the appropriate recommendation to the infected person. Of course, he must first assess the other symptoms, which are: cough, fever, difficulty breathing and chills.
As explained by Huawei, the update is yet another resource to help with a healthy lifestyle. The company explains that the smartwatch has a dedicated sensor for SpO2 and owners can activate the test through the menu, analyzing the calculation of the percentage of hemoglobin saturated with oxygen.
The percentages of SpO2 may vary according to several factors. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the rates considered ideal for a healthy person are around 90% and 100%. Variations occur, for example, with people with snoring history, or when you are in high altitude regions (Machu Picchu and Lhasa, for example), which can cause low levels of oxygen saturation. It is also common in people who are under strong tension, with stress, be it personal or professional.
If the device has levels that are not ideal, it is recommended that the person look for a medical unit so that the health professional can perform a complete diagnosis.
To update your Huawei Watch GT 2 and start enjoying the SpO2 monitoring during the pandemic, simply access the application Huawei Sade (or Huawei Health, in English) – available for Android and iOS. Then click on Devices, select your watch model and go to Firmware update.
That done, synchronized with the application, you only need to search through the menu SpO2 and start measuring. If the smart watch shows a result of 96% or higher, there is no reason to worry, as we showed earlier. If it has measurements ranging from 92% to 95%, you may be experiencing changes in oxygen delivery. If the percentage is 89% or less, the nominee should look for a health unit.
Extra resources for quality of life
In addition to displaying SpO2, O Huawei Watch GT 2, as well as most smartwatches, offers other features that assist in quality of life. In case of Watch GT 2, the watch still gives the user the possibility to track the heart rate. Other sensors available in the device are: accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope and compass.
In addition, it provides resources such as breathing exercise, sleep monitoring and active stress meters.
For those who exercise regularly, the smartwatch can be used with the app Huawei Sade. With it, the user will be able to monitor the time dedicated to physical exercises, their steps, distance and calories. It is also possible to create a timeline and monitor activities performed daily, during the week, monthly and even annually.
The smart watch from Huawei it is available in Brazil in two sizes: 46mm (R $ 1,413.51) and 42mm (R $ 1,078.71). While one brings more sporty design, the other comes with the most premium and slim look. Both leave the factory with a great AMOLED display and still deliver Bluetooth 5.1, allows you to answer and make calls, in addition to having a powerful battery that can last up to four weeks. On the other hand, connectivity owes NFC (Near Field Communication).
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Sources: Huawei; GizChina; 360 gadgets.