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This Local Mattress Company Makes Pillows to Help COVID Patients Breathe Easily

Prone pillows allow them to lie on their bellies.

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Foam giant Uratex said it would provide prone pillows to hospitals to help critically ill COVID-19 patients breathe while lying on their bellies.

Uratex, which makes foam for almost everything from mattresses to motorcycle seats, posted a callout on Facebook with a contact person for hospital staff.

The prone pillow "helps the patients to lie on their stomachs, facilitates better breathing, and allows proper placement of ventilation equipment," the company said. According to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, prone positioning can help ease breathing pathways as gravity helps move organs downward and forward, instead of adding pressure to a patient's chest. 

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The Philippines is battling a dangerous surge in infections that is filling up hospitals and resulted in a lockdown or Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan. The lockdown was announced to be extend for a week beyond the initial deadline of April 4.

As of publishing, 11,028 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country, which adds up to a total of 135,526 active cases.

This story originally appeared on Reportr.world.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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