How to breathe right during coronavirus

Sun Online Desk

19th May, 2020 01:35:15 printer

How to breathe right during coronavirus


Air pollution, dust and allergens can all combine to expose you to greater risk of catching coronavirus.

There are things you can do to improve breathing, just by changing a few lifestyle factors.

Control air pollution:

Air pollution particles may be acting as vehicles for viral transmission.

Air pollution is also known to weaken the immune system, compromising people’s ability to fight off infection, according to the European Public Health Alliance. Pollution levels must be limited as much as possible to minimise the effects of a second wave of coronavirus.

So, reduce car trips, avoid burning leaves or trash, turn off the lights when you leave a room and recycle paper, plastic, metals and organic materials.

Ventilate your surroundings: It is best for airflows to be outward. Circulating stale indoor air is harmful in this scenario. Opening windows of the house allows any viral particles present in the air to exit the room, rather than you (or someone else) breathing them back in; and two, it brings more oxygen into the room -- helpful for the lungs and all-around health. Air purifiers may also be helpful.

Spend time outdoors while maintaining social distance: Get out and inhale fresh air. Balconies, backyards or patios, are good locations to be, as well as walks while avoiding proximity to others. This has the same benefits as keeping windows open -- ensuring exhaled viral particles don’t get re-inhaled

Deep breathing: A regular practice of 10-15 minutes of breathing exercises in the morning, followed by a light 10-minute walk is known to show phenomenal improvement in health and immunity.

 Maintaining the right balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide is critical for every cell to function optimally. It is necessary for immunity, brain health, digestion, maintaining pH balance, haemoglobin levels, hormonal health, stress management, blood pressure and so much more.”