Coronavirus - can you prepare?
Coronovirus, what can you do?
I don’t propose to repeat the advice you are getting elsewhere but I do think there are a couple of points from the osteopathic perspective that bear consideration
If you have a mild dose of Coronovirus and can potter around, do so, your body relies on movement to maximise the efficacy of your immune system but the important caveat here is, without exhausting yourself, remember you are not replenishing your oxygen as efficiently so don’t use up everything you’ve got
What can you do before widespread infection hits?
Try and get your rib cage working as well as possible. Fibrosis will restrict your lung capacity so you want to get your thoracic capacity as good as possible beforehand and make breathing as easy as possible (if you are asthmatic or have other longstanding lung conditions speak to your GP before doing anything that affects your lungs). I suggest yoga or pilates for movement or just some daily stretches at home, open book, cat camel , or an exercise that makes you take deep breaths like running (try couch to 5k) this will also improve your stamina, which is the ability of your blood to carry oxygen.
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND REGULARLY AND STAY HOME IF YOU ARE AT ALL UNWELL!
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Damian is the principal osteopath at Vauxhall Village Osteopathy and Oval Osteopathy