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Health Ministry advises 'proning for self care' for Covid-19 patients

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#Unite2FightCoronaProning as an aid to help you breathe better during #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/FCr59v1ASTListing the importance of prone lying, the ministry said prone positioning improves ventilation, keeps alveolar units open and breathing easy."Proning is required only when the patient feels difficulty in breathing and the SpO2 decreases below 94.

Regular monitoring of SpO2, along with other signs like temperature, blood pressure and blood sugar, is important during home isolation.

Missing out on hypoxia (compromised oxygen circulation) may lead to worsening of complications. Timely proning and maintaining good ventilation could save many lives," the document said.The ministry, however, cautioned to avoid proning for an hour after meals.

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