Octavia Spencer donates breathing monitors to hospitals

The monitors “can indicate potential onset before other symptoms present,” the Oscar-winning actress said.
Image: Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer on March 12, 2020.Mike Smith / NBC

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
SUBSCRIBE
By Wilson Wong

Actress Octavia Spencer is stepping in to help patients who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Spencer recently donated breathing monitors to assist hospitals in her home state of Alabama and the state that’s been hit the hardest, New York, she wrote on Instagram this week.

The Oscar-winning actress teamed up with Mikucare, a baby monitor company, to provide contactless monitors that can detect “nuanced changes in breathing patterns” and “indicate potential onset before other symptoms present,” Spencer said.

Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

The two-way talk and video functions also allows patients and medical personnel to communicate from a safe distance.

In the same post, she urged fans to practice social distancing measures and stay at home.

“Protect yourself and the ones you love most,” Spencer said. “I hope we can all find ways — small and large — to give back to our neighbors, family and those on the front lines.”

Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak