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This Breathing Technique Helps Relieve Coronavirus Infection Symptoms

Recently, famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling claimed that a breathing technique from an NHS doctor helped her recover from the coronavirus. 

Coronavirus Breathing Technique

According to the doctor in question, Dr. Sarfaraz Munshi, who works at Queen's Hospital in Romford, the breathing technique is usually used on patients that are already in intensive care. However, since the breathing technique can help get oxygen deep into our lungs (which is important to help it avoid deterioration), the technique can be used by anyone to help fight off the coronavirus infection as well.

To that end, Dr. Munshi also cautioned against patients that are lying on their backs because it’s one way to reduce your lung capacity and effectively close your airways.

Based on past cases, COVID-19 deaths usually occur because of serious complications in our respiratory system, which is why proper care and attention should be put to it.

As for the breathing technique, British author J.K. Rowling said that it helped free her from her coronavirus symptoms, even going as far as to say that she is fully recovered. However, she had not been formally tested yet.

The author also shared a video of Dr. Munshi on social media, where he is shown advising how to do the breathing technique properly.

“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 [sic],” Rowling wrote in a recent tweet following her sharing the video.

According to Dr. Munshi, the technique is commonly relied on to by his colleague Sue Elliot, who is a director of nursing. However, patients who are at home can also make use of the technique.

The technique is also simple enough as it is, involving five deep breaths and ending sixth breath with a cough – covered in hand by a tissue, of course. This, per Dr. Munshi, would help move the mucus in our respiratory tract to the mouth, cleaning our lungs in the process.

China Coronavirus COVID-19 An elderly woman arrives in an ambulance to Wuhan Red Cross Hospital after being transferred from another hospital after recovering from the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan on March 30, 2020. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

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