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Everyone should practice lying face down on the stomach during the COVID times.

Lying face down can improve breathing in patients with a severe case of SARS- CoV-2 (ARDS), but it is not recommended for the general public.

Lying face down can improve breathing in patients with a severe case of SARS- CoV-2 (ARDS), but it is not recommended for the general public.The prone position (lying face down on the stomach) during mechanical ventilation in patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome(ARDS) can improve oxygenation, and thus reduce mortality. Lying face down for hours at a time can increase oxygen levels in the blood, and also open up areas of lung tissue to allow more gas exchange. Before the new coronavirus emerged, research showed that prone position reduced deaths among patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition which is now often the cause of death in COVID-19 patients. Even the World Health Organisation has recommended prone ventilation for 12–16 hours per day for patients with severe ARDS.

However, the prone position is suggested for patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and not for the public in general.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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