NHS doctor whose video of coronavirus breathing technique has been shared 23,000 times

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NHS doctor whose video on coronavirus breathing technology stormed the Internet after JK Rowling claimed it helped him recover from Covid-19 revealed he had the idea to treat his own mother on FaceTime.

Dr Sarfaraz Munshi, who works as an emergency care manager at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, had helped his mother as she was battling the deadly infection when he discovered a breathing technique that allowed the oxygen to penetrate deep into his lungs.

Today, the doctor whose video has since gone viral, said he decided to do the simple exercises after noticing that his mother, who had contracted a coronavirus more than ten days ago, was “so weak ”that she was lying on the sofa for long periods.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Show, he said, “I’m not someone who’s on social media, so it really wasn’t for the general public, but basically my mom and dad. had Covid for the previous ten days and Dad has recovered fairly well. but unfortunately mom started to deteriorate.

Emergency care manager spoke to viewers through simple breathing technique

The doctor explained that it was important to introduce oxygen into the lungs

Dr Sarfaraz Munshi, who works as an emergency care manager at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, shared a video on the breathing technique of coronaviruses online and quickly went viral

“She became so weak that she was lying on the couch for long periods of time. So the day before my brother, who is also a doctor, and I were FaceTiming and accessing his pulse and temperature remotely, and my mom’s oxygen levels were not increasing.

“We did some simple breathing exercises based on simple medical knowledge like a clogging of mucus and something called basal atelectasis.” At first we panicked, but when the oxygen levels went up, we were reassured.

After the breathing exercises, the doctor spoke with his colleague Sue Elliot, a director of nursing who uses the technique to help his critical care patients on a daily basis, and decided to make a video.

He continued, “Based on that, the next day, I spoke with my colleague, a fantastic woman to work with Sue Elliot, and she said” why not make a quick video. ” Well actually I asked her to go on the video and she said “you’re going on the video”.

During the video, the doctor told viewers to take five deep breaths and asked them to stop the sixth deep breath by coughing.

He explained, “Once you have an active infection, you need to get a good amount of air into the base of your lungs.

After seeing the doctor's video, author J.K Rowling claimed that the technique helped relieve his respiratory symptoms that were compatible with Covid-19

After seeing the doctor’s video, author J.K Rowling said the technique helped relieve his respiratory symptoms that were compatible with Covid-19

“The only way to do that is to have a technique that Sue kindly shared with me during her time at the ICU. As a nurse, they did this more daily, while as a doctor, I probably didn’t pay as much attention to it.

“However, I’m going to go through the technique as Sue showed me and I want you to start doing it if you have the infection from the start.

“If you want to do it before you even get the infection, good idea.” “

After recording the video, the doctor said he had sent the clip to four WhatsApp groups and his family, but he had no plans to release it to the general public.

He continued: ‘I first sent it to four WhatsApp groups and my family group and the purpose was purely to help my mother and I cannot describe the level of anxiety and worry that I had throughout of all this with experience especially with my mom. My father recovered quickly.

“The point of not getting it out to the general public was that it is not formal advice but it is a simple breathing technique that you can use that can help oxygenate the lungs and open the small airways because that this is my understanding as a doctor.

“I saw people lying in bed for a day or two with the flu, but my mother was like that for 7 to 8 days.

The novelist went on Twitter to share the doctor's video and said she was now `` fully recovered ''

The novelist went to Twitter to share the doctor’s video and said she was now “fully recovered”

“So it’s now an extended period and she’s lying on her back, so I realized she wasn’t oxygenating her lungs, then you get something called clogging of mucus and you get secondary infections and it’s was just my opinion. “

Now, acknowledging that his mother’s respiratory symptoms had improved, the doctor stressed that while the technique could help oxygenate the lungs, it was far from a cure.

He added, “Mom has definitely improved and that’s why I’m smiling, that’s why I’m on the radio today, but I hope she listens.

“She is a fantastic woman and she is still very weak but the respiratory symptoms have certainly improved, but I just want to clarify that this is somehow a remedy. It’s far from it. There are many breathing techniques.

The doctor’s video, which has since received more than 23,000 retweets on Twitter, was praised by author J.K Rowling, who said it helped her recover from a suspected coronavirus case.

The novelist went to Twitter to share the doctor’s video and write: “Please watch this Queens Hospital document to explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms.

“In the past 2 weeks, I have had all of the symptoms of C19 (but have not been tested) and have done so on the advice of Doc Husband.

“I am fully recovered and the technique has helped me a lot.”

During his video, Dr. Munshi also advised viewers to practice the breathing technique twice before lying on their stomachs and breathing deeply for ten minutes.

He said, “The majority of your lungs are on your back, not on the front. By lying on your back, you close the small airways more and it is not good during a period of infection.

” [It can] lead to atelectasis. This can then lead to secondary pneumonia. It is very important that you understand this. “

Atelectasis is a complete or partial collapse of the entire lung. It occurs when the tiny air sacs, called air sacs, deflate or fill with fluid.

Dr. Munshi continued, “The most important thing is to lie on the bed for long periods of time, on your back, to close the small airways.

” [It will] increase your risk for secondary pneumonia, which can worsen your health – keeping in mind that patients who are getting worse are getting worse because of breathing problems.

Doctors place critically ill patients on their foreheads, in a technique called “lying down”, to improve results.

Lying on your stomach also helps with drainage of fluids, prevents the lungs from sticking to infections and stimulates blood circulation.

The video comes as the nation continues to control the spike in coronavirus cases which has reached 55,242.

Health officials also confirmed yesterday that 6,159 people in the country died from Covid-19.

WHAT IS THE BREATHING TECHNIQUE?

The routine shared by Dr. Sarfaraz Munshi, who works at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, is to take five deep breaths and each hold that breath for five seconds.

On the sixth deep breath, breathe in and make a big cough while covering your mouth, and repeat twice.

Dr. Munshi said, “Although you have an active infection, you need to get a good amount of air into the base of your lungs. The only way to do that is to have a technique.

After doing the cycle twice, the doctor advises viewers to lie in front with a pillow to support them and to breathe more deeply for the next ten minutes.

He said, “The majority of your lungs are on your back, not on the front. By lying on your back, you close the small airways more and it is not good during a period of infection.

” [It can] lead to atelectasis. This can then lead to secondary pneumonia. It is very important that you understand this. “

Dr. Munshi stressed the importance of lying on the forehead as there is more area in the rear lungs.

He said, “The most important thing is to lie on the bed for long periods, on your back, to close the small airways.

” [It will] increase your risk for secondary pneumonia, which can worsen your health – keeping in mind that patients who are getting worse are getting worse because of breathing problems.

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