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WHO Myth Busters: Holding Your Breath for 10 Seconds or More Does Not Mean You are Free From COVID-19

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KIU, Main Campus – In the effort to fight misinformation concerning COVID-19, the editorial team will be sharing myth busting information sourced from the World Health Organization.

In some communities around Uganda, many have adopted the practice of holding their breath for 10 seconds as testing mechanism for COVID-19. According to WHO, the exercise does not help in detection of the virus. 

According to the WHO website, “being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.

“The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop more severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia. The best way to confirm if you have  the virus producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test.  You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.”



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