Bhubaneswar: Doctors, nurses and medical assistants are the frontline warriors who have been working tirelessly to provide treatment to the Covid-19 patients. The novel coronavirus is an acute respiratory illness with symptoms like intense coughing and difficulty in breathing.
To ease the difficulties of Covid-19 patients, a UK-based doctor who works at Queen’s Hospital has shared a breathing technique.
In a video posted on social media, Dr Sarfaraz Munshi, a urgent care lead at the hospital explains that his colleague Sue Elliot, a director of nursing uses the technique regularly to help the patients in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
He says it is vital for those who have an active infection as the breathing technique helps them get a good amount of air into the base of their lungs. The doctor also encourages people who aren’t infected to give it a try .
Here are the simple three- step technique:
- Take five deep breaths in, each time holding the breath for five secs.
- On the sixth deep breath, take it in and do a big cough(Covering the mouth)
- Do the two cycles above before laying flat on the bed , taking slightly deeper normal breaths for the next 10 mins.
He says, “Please remember and this is the most important part, lying on the bed for prolonged period of time will close off the small airways and not good during the infection.”
You have to understand that the majority of your lung is on your back, not on your front.
He continues saying that it is not good during the period of infection and can lead to atelectasis. This can lead to second pneumonia that can worsen the condition -bearing in the mind that the patients are deteriorating because of the respiratory issues.
Well-known author JK.Rowling, who wrote the Harry potter series, have praised the technique saying that it helped her to recover from the illness.
Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms. For last 2 weeks I’ve had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven’t been tested) & did this on doc husband’s advice. I’m fully recovered & technique helped a lot.https://t.co/xo8AansUvc via @YouTube
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 6, 2020
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