On Monday, author J K Rowling revealed that she had COVID-19 like symptoms for the last two weeks. However, she has not been tested. She credits a breathing treatment she discovered on YouTube which helped her recover from respiratory distress after two weeks of illness. Rowling credits the video for keeping her out of the hospital.

The Harry Potter author who has been practising social distancing said the 15-minute exercise was recommended by her husband Dr Neil Murray. “For last 2 weeks I’ve had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven’t been tested),” Rowling said on Twitter. She also shared a video of a breathing technique with fans.

Key Takeaways:

  • Famous author JK Rowling, who has been married to Dr Neil Murray, a Scottish doctor, since 2001, practised a 15-minute breathing exercise that she discovered on YouTube.
  • She urged her Twitter followers to watch a brief online video explaining how to relieve respiratory symptoms.
  • She revealed to have been fully recovered after experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms over the past two weeks.

The 54-year-old author urged her Twitter followers to watch a brief online video explaining how to relieve respiratory symptoms, recommended by her husband, who is a doctor in the U.K. “Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms,” the Harry Potter author tweeted.

In the video, the doctor says, “Five deep breaths in and each time you will hold the breath for 5 seconds, then breathe out. On the 6th breath, you will take it in and you will have a big cough covering your mouth. You will do this twice and then lay flat on your front, taking slightly deeper breaths for 10 minutes.”

“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,” the bestselling author added.

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Further thanking her fans for their support Rowling urged, “Thank you for your kind and lovely messages! 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.”

Harry Potter at Home

Just before announcing her recovery, Rowling  launched Harry Potter At Home, a website with activities for children and parents.She tweeted at the time: “Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic, so I’m delighted to launch HarryPotterAtHome.com”

She announced that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the first book in the series will be available free, worldwide, as an ebook and audiobook throughout April.

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