Amongst the rising cases of coronavirus in the country and reports of critical shortage of oxygen cylinders is sending people into a flap. A lot of posts on social media are sharing tips and hacks to manage the virus while home quarantining. One such hack that is doing the rounds on the internet is to lie down in a prone position or to lie down on your stomach with your chest expanded to increase your oxygen levels.

One of the Twitter users had shared a video of a person elucidating a simple way to “improve” oxygen levels to above 95, and also demonstrated it using a pulse oximeter.

In the video, the man can be heard saying that while in the sitting position the oximeter read 95 and below, in the prone or on the stomach position with pronal breathing (also called ventilator breathing), the oxygen levels are seen to steadily increase to 98 from 93-94 within a minute.

As new a concept as it may be for many of you, but this technique has been in repetition since ages. Lying on the chest and stomach position, or on the sides, is considered to help the body get air into all areas of the lungs rather than lying flat on the back, according to experts. Called the proning position, the technique has proven to be an effective measure for a long time in the treatment of patients with acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS).


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