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COVID-19 It is a disease that affects the respiratory tract, including the lungs. Therefore, many people experience breathing problems, especially those with comorbidities.

The virus can affect your lungs in several ways. according WebMD, While dry cough are a more common symptom of Covid-19, with about a third of Covid patients coughing up thick mucus and experiencing prolonged congestion. “Your lungs and airways start making extra mucus to clear infections when you get a virus like SARS-CoV-2.”

Therefore, experts recommend incorporating breathing exercises into your exercise routine during covid-19 recovery to improve lung function. “Those who are elderly and have aged lungs tend to perform poorly compared to those with healthy lungs. Therefore, to keep our healthy lungs, breathing exercises should be practiced,” said Dr. Ravi Shekhar Jha, Additional Director and HOD – Pulmonology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad

As such, Matthew Schmitt, MD, Pulmonary Medicine, Piedmont Healthcare, suggested a simple but effective breathing exercise to clear mucus buildup in the lungs when recovering from COVID-19 or other diseases, depending on CNN.

rule of three

Known as the ‘rule of three’, this breathing exercise involves three deep breaths, three coughs, repeated three times.


  1. Stand up to allow gravity to help with lung expansion.
  2. Take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for 5-10 seconds.
  3. Exhale through your mouth with pursed lips. Repeat this for 3 deep breaths.
  4. When you exhale the third breath, give three forceful coughs.
  5. Repeat the entire exercise three times.

Explaining its benefits, Dr. Devendra Kumar Singh, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Sharda Hospital, said: “Breathing deeply and slowly through the nose leads to expansion of the lower rib cage and allows the abdomen to move forward. This, subsequently, leads to increased lung capacity and better oxygen level. Controlled coughing has enough force to loosen and transport mucus through the airways without causing the airways to narrow or collapse.”

Breathing exercises assist in Covid and post-Covid complications by drawing oxygen deep into the lungs, removing mucus and other fluids, strengthening the diaphragm, and increasing lung capacity by bringing oxygen into the bloodstream,” he said.

Other breathing exercises for healthy lungs

According to Dr. Jha, “Other breathing exercises that can aid recovery include holding your breath, pursed-lip breathing, and exhaling forcefully through alternate nostrils. Blowing up balloons regularly also helps.”

“Qigong abdominal breathing (diaphragmatic breathing), pranayama Y anulom vilom are other breathing methods that one can practice,” added Dr. Singh.

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