A video of a breathing exercise that was said to help cure the COVID-19 symptoms has been going around since Monday. People who saw it also shared the clip until it started to go viral. It all started when “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling tweeted the video and claimed that it helped her recovered after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus infection. 

It should be noted that the famous author was not tested for the novel disease but she just suggested the breathing exercise to public to help prevent the disease. Also, she personally experienced being healed from the symptoms of coronavirus so she shared the technique to her followers on social media. 

“Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms,” Rowling  tweeted on April 6. “For the last 2 weeks, I've had all symptoms of COVID-19 (though haven't been tested) and did this on doc husband's advice. I'm fully recovered & technique helped a lot.”

As can be seen in the video, 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. 

Now, since it has been shared and proven effective by a famous author and a doctor is the one giving the instructions, the response was really good as people are convinced it is legit. However, there are also some who are leaving comments that say the breathing exercise many not be helpful for everyone and they suggest methods that they think are better such as the cardio-respiratory physiotherapy that is also backed by medical experts. 

In any case, 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. Later, in his interview with The Sunday Times, he admitted that the exercise may not be for everyone and warned that people who encounter symptoms of coronavirus infection should seek medical advice at once. 

Breathing Breathing suggested as a method to cure coronavirus. Photo by: Darius Bashar/Unsplash