I went back home to see my family last December as I was not able to travel back home during the pandemic and it had been 2 years since I last saw them. After quarantining, I went to see my sickly grandmother but I was told to keep my mask on and stay six feet apart. She was feeble from years of having diabetes and high blood pressure but still jumped up as she saw me. As I talked about my experiences at UBC over the last 2 years since I saw her, I noticed she had something on her finger. It was a pulse oximeter used to measure her blood oxygen levels. I tried an extra one on, and was amused by how it was able to tell my blood oxygen levels but the device was also bulky, tight, uncomfortable to wear and could not provide a continuous reading. Therefore, I wanted to create a continuous blood oxygen monitoring device that would let someone know immediately if their blood oxygen levels (Spo2) were low (hypoxia), and would also be able to predict risk of this. Hypoxia can be an early warning sign for COVID-19 and can also be an indicator to when a person might need medical attention such as requiring access to a ventilator. Therefore, continuous monitoring and prediction of oxygen levels are critical to at-risk people and patients suffering from COVID-19.

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