Why Lying Face-Down Helps Relieve Coronavirus Symptoms

How ‘proning’ Covid-19 patients helps them breathe

Jesse Smith, MD
Elemental
Published in
5 min readMay 4, 2020

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Thousands of patients suffering from severe cases of Covid-19 are experiencing a simple treatment in hospitals throughout the world: They are being placed face-down on their hospital bed in a practice known as proning. This change in position is often enough to improve lung functionality

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Jesse Smith, MD
Elemental

Physician and molecular biologist. I write about science, medicine, vaccines and dogs…yes dogs.