We may be far from finding the coronavirus cure, but we can at least manage the symptoms to keep patients at ease. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted a video of a breathing exercise that she claimed helped her recovered from coronavirus symptoms.
The tweet reads, “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.” The tweet quickly went viral.
It should be noted that the author was not tested for COVID-19, so it is unknown whether the symptoms she suffered were really from contracting the disease.
The video shows the breathing exercise is done by inhaling for five seconds, holding the breath for five seconds then finally exhaling. It should be done repeatedly and on the sixth deep breath do the “big cough” while covering the mouth. Based on the doctor’s instructions, this exercise should be done twice, then lay on the bed (front side) with a pillow in front and take slightly deeper breaths for ten minutes.
The viral breathing exercise video that was said to be helpful in beating the infection or for patients recovering from COVID-19 was presented by Dr. Sarfaraz Munshi of Queen’s Hospital in London. He also recommends this exercise for those people who tested positive for the contagious respiratory disease. Dr. Munshi credited the exercise to Sue Elliott, the director of nursing at the Partnership of East London Cooperatives.
However, it is still best for patients to seek immediate medical attention when suffering from coronavirus symptoms.