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Folks are asking me, as a respiratory therapist, what's your take on the coronavirus.

Here's a self-check suggestion that I've seen floating around the internet.

I think it has some merit. What's missing from all public discussion is the role of your immune system. More on that in another post.

Here's the self-assessment:

Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that you can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, basically it indicates no infection in your lungs.

These experts suggests doing this self-check every morning in an environment with clean air, during these critical times.

Until my next post, drink 3-4 quarts of water daily, get proper rest, and go for a walk.

All the information you need is in Just Breathe Out, available in paperback, e-book, and iTunesAudible formats, as well as in braille and audio at the National Library Service of the Library of Congress.

If you’d like a free ebook, email me at


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