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Doctors claim positioning COVID-19 patients on their stomachs can save lives; deets inside

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 April 2020, 22:20 IST

Scientists and doctors are still doing researches on coronavirus vaccine. Amid such havoc, a news report has come to light from United States (US) where a 40-year-old man was contracted with COVID-19 and his colleague wanted him to come to the intensive care unit at Long Island Jewish Hospital to see if he needed life support system or not, CNN reported.

The man called Dr. Mangala Narasimhan told another doctor to turned the patient over onto his belly and asked to check if this work or not.

This breathing technique worked luckily as the COVID-19 patient felt better after doing that. Some intensive care unit doctors are proposing this technique in a bid to increase the oxygen flow for corona infected patients to the lungs of the patient.

"We're saving lives with this, one hundred percent," said Narasimhan, the regional director for critical care at Northwell Health, which owns 23 hospitals in New York. "It's such a simple thing to do, and we've seen remarkable improvement. We can see it for every single patient."

Earlier, the technique was made popular by Dr. Sarfaraz Munshi at Queen’s Hospital in England, who shared the video on YouTube.

The video has garnered millions of views and also brought the attention of prominent British writer J.K Rowling who also tweeted the video with a caption, “Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms. For the 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.”


Patients with coronavirus symptoms or who may be experiencing difficulties while breathing should take six deep breaths in and hold it for at least five seconds before exhaling.

Munshi revealed in his video that on the sixth deep breath, COVID-19 victim should inhale and do a big cough and then repeat the previous steps once again.

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First published: 14 April 2020, 22:20 IST