Breathing through the COVID-19 Crisis

Curated info about how to survive the Coronavirus.

COVID-19 is a SARS virus that causes respiratory distress. Here’s how a COVID-19 survivor kept himself from being drowned by SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia, and avoided having to be intubated and hooked up to a breathing machine (ventilator):

Fitness.

Until and unless scientists come up with an effective remedy, surviving a COVID-19 infection may well depend on a patient’s ability to win the fight to breathe. Yoga is scientifically proven to boost your immune system, and specific poses can help improve breathing fitness.

COVID-19 damages cilia, making it difficult to clear the lungs of pneumonia fluids. Singing can help increase your lung capacity, and it could be useful to practice singing from your diaphragm to strengthen parts of your body that would help push fluids out of your lungs.

Resistance.

COVID-19 is a retrovirus, and requires protease to thrive. A diet rich in natural protease inhibitors like soy beans and green tea may help resistance to infection. Grapefruit contains a chemical similar to quinine, which has had some success in COVID-19 treatment plans.

Prevention.

Clean your house and keep it clean.

Establish a decontamination area in your home, as best as possible.

Advice from a doctor about how to sanitize your groceries and anything else you may need to bring into your home:

Protect yourself with a medical mask if and when you need to leave home. Congresswoman and National Guardsman Tulsi Gabbard, currently working as a planner for COVID-19 crisis management in Hawaii tells us that masks do work.

Common sense tells us that we are less likely to catch/spread the virus if we wear masks. If masks were not protective, they would not be the most important personal protection tools for doctors & nurses. Unfortunately our leaders don’t have common sense—or are being dishonest.

The real reason why officials were saying people shouldn’t be wearing masks isn’t because they’re not protective, but because they are very protective. Therefore our healthcare workers need them, but there is a serious shortage of masks. It would have been better for them to tell the truth from the beginning and say, “Yes, masks would be good for everybody to wear, but there just aren’t enough of them. So we need to make sure that our first priority is making sure our healthcare workers have access to masks and other protective equipment.”

— Tulsi Gabbard

Because of the supply shortage, we should learn how to make our own masks. If you don’t have a sewing machine or needle and thread, don’t be afraid to improvise with a stapler.

What you make it out of is important: Advice from doctors about using fabrics you may already have on hand.

The design is also important. The fewer air gaps the better. Advice from a doctor about how to construct a DIY mask:

In summary: Wear a mask. Keep a clean house. Do yoga. Eat grapefruit. Drink green tea. Sing your heart out.

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