‘Harry Potter’ Author J.K. Rowling Shares Coronavirus Breathing Technique She Says Helped Her Recover At Home

Author J.K. Rowling shared with her fans a technique for dealing with respiratory symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Harry Potter creator revealed that she had been dealing with such symptoms herself and that this technique brought her relief. Rowling shared the news and the advice on Twitter on April 6, 2020. 

J.K. Rowling coping with coronavirus at home 

Rowling tweeted that she did not get a coronavirus test, but experienced the symptoms for two weeks. Symptoms include a cough, fever and trouble breathing. Rowling focused on the respiratory symptoms of coronavirus. 

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling | Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

“For last 2 weeks I’ve had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven’t been tested),” Rowling wrote. “Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms. [I] did this on doc husband’s advice. I’m fully recovered & technique helped a lot.”

The Queens Hospital breathing technique

The video Rowling shared featured Dr. Munshi from Queens Hospital. He presented a technique Sue Elliott, director of nursing, advised. 

“You will take five deep breaths in,” Mitchell said. “Each time you’ll hold your breath for five seconds. On the sixth deep breath you will take it in and you will do a big cough, covering your mouth. You will do this twice and then you will lay flat on your bed with a pillow in front of you, taking slightly deeper breaths for the next 10 minutes.”

Mitchell advised doing two cycles of the above technique. Furthermore, he cautioned against lying down on one’s back as it could lead to higher risk for pneumonia.

“The majority of your lung is on your back, not your front,” Mitchell said. “By lying on your back, you’re closing off more of the smaller airways.” 

J.K. Rowling says she’s feeing fine now

Fans of Rowling tweeted Rowling to tell her that the breathing technique relieved some of their discomfort, even with some respiratory conditions not related to coronavirus. Others sent her get well wishes after she shared the video. She assured fans that she’s all better and only sharing the technique to help others. 

J.K. Rowling and Neil Murray | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

“Thank you for your kind and lovely messages!” Rowling wrote. “I really am completely recovered and wanted to share a technique that’s recommended by doctors, costs nothing, has no nasty side effects but could help you/your loved ones a lot, as it did me. Stay safe, everyone x”

More ‘Harry Potter’ related updates

Prior to her coronavirus tweet, Rowling has been posting updates on the Wizarding World. She launched Harry Potter at Home to bring magic to people staying home in self-isolation.

Rowling also shared the Palace Theater’s update on performances of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The theater cancelled all performances through May 31.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also closed on Broadway | Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

“We are listening to the concerns of ticket holders and information is available on all of our exchange policies on the website, harrypottertheplay.com/uk,” they wrote. “For now, we would like to recognise our staff, artists and producers for their ongoing support. And especially you, for your continued commitment to the theatre community during this extremely difficult period.”