Initial results from UK opera company’s program for those suffering from post-COVID breathlessness

Posted on: May 3, 2022

“An online breathing program that uses singing techniques and has been developed by the English National Opera, can significantly improve quality of life and breathlessness for people with long Covid, according to the results of the first clinical trial,” writes Tom Bawden in Thursday’s (4/28) iNews (UK). “The program, developed with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is led by professional singers from the ENO and focuses on breathing retraining through singing techniques, using lullabies as its musical starting point. No experience or interest in singing is required. The trial had 150 participants who had suffered breathlessness for an average of 320 days since the onset of Covid symptoms. It was found after those taking part in the breathing program experienced a 10.48 point (out of 100) reduction in breathlessness while running, compared to people who just continued with usual care alone. They also experienced a 2.42 point improvement in the mental component of quality of life…. The ‘ENO Breathe’ program … has been available free … across England since September 2020…. The six-week program is delivered online…. The majority of participants, 81 per cent, were female, which is broadly representative of the wider population of patients with long Covid.”