COVID-19 AND BINDING: HOW TO SAFELY COMPRESS YOUR CHEST [CC]


Hey everybody, it is chasey Poo and today I’m going to be doing a resource video for you about binding and COVID-19 now This resource was actually developed by queer health collabs on instagram I Asked them if I could use this Resource and make a video about it with their permission and they said yes this way. It doesn’t just stay on Instagram It’s able to go on YouTube and people are able to share it and go follow them and like share their posts and learn more Information about what it’s like to be trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and binding during this pandemic so if you bind, you’re at much higher risk of complications from COVID-19 especially if you have any respiratory illnesses or asthma so if you’re coughing right now because of COVID-19, the flu, a cold or any reason why you’re coughing it is really recommended that You do not bind And the reason is that binding your chest can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs. Now we are aware that pneumonia is associated with COVID-19 and respiratory illnesses can actually become worse if You bind so the recommendation is do not bind which I know sounds ridiculous You’re like there’s no way I’m not binding. You can wear an old binder, you can wear tight Shirt a tight tank top over some loose clothing so that it helps your dysphoria But really if you are coughing take the time to consider Maybe I should take breaks during the day from binding what I used to do Actually is I used to work on a call center I would sit down all day long and then I’d go to the bathroom and I would lift my binder like this so that I Was able to kind of air everything out from the sweat and also to help myself breathe I had a lot of issues breathing because listen shortness of breath is a key thing of COVID-19, and I’m sorry but when I was binding I trained myself to breathe less which which literally feels like a shortness of breath because you like Because you can’t move your chest as much as you would now What I would end up doing is take off my binder in the bathroom I would wait there maybe 2 minutes do some stretches go around like that which I’ll talk about in a couple of seconds and it would really help me feel better about my Chest and I was able to breathe better for at least for 2 minutes So now when you do take off your binder here are a couple of things that you should do Alright coughing is gonna help expand your muscles. It’s gonna help expand the muscular skeletal Soreness that you are feeling from binding it will expand your lungs It will stretch the muscles between your ribs and all the upper body here. So you do a big a *COUGH* Big cough you don’t have to just cough once do it a couple of times So now that your binder is off and you’ve coughed here are some stretches that you should do I’m gonna put the little graphic up on the screen so that you can see Because it was designed by queer health collabs and I want you to see what it looks like So there are a couple of exercises that are absolutely recommended. I’ve just quickly doing this with your head moving it around Doing you know this and this going like that Doing this and that basically any kind of upper Exercise stretching that you could think of doing also I recommend doing yoga because that really helped me when I was post-op and I was like really trying to figure out how to navigate my world without a binder on I started yoga so I could Learn how to really expand my lungs while breathing So now if you are gonna keep your binder on while you’re sick, it will happen We are all aware of this, and you NEED to cough. Please don’t cough like you’re just sitting down Like that, don’t do that. All right, it is actually recommended that you are very straight and You leave forward with your knees bent a little bit and you cough this way There’s no strain on your back and there’s a less risk of having any muscular Issues or any back pain. So now if you think you have COVID-19 It’s really important to call your like local health department and figure out what you need to do Some will tell you to just isolate some people will tell you to go to the hospital if they think it’s very serious Especially if you have shortest of breath so now if you’re not comfortable going to these like mainstream medical things the internet is amazing right now and Telehealth is a thing where you can do doctor’s appointments online Which I think is really amazing, especially since we’re like isolated right now Right so that we’re able to actually have doctor’s appointment through the internet and to actually see a physician Now if you’restill anxious It is recommended by queer health collabs that you go with a friend or go with somebody who could support you and who can look out for you and I feel like that has been a really really important point to make because when I was sick in the past unrelated to this Obviously and Im trans I would go to the hospital and I would be so nervous So bringing somebody with me who would advocate for me and with me really helped me out. So to wrap up Please try not to bind or if you are going to bind don’t bind as much as you usually do you are wearing your binder You feel sick and you’re coughing remember to lean forward? When you take a break from your binder and you take it off remember to cough, a big cough, do some deep breathing Exercises and some stretches and of course very important keep up to date with what’s going on because things are changing literally hourly It’s ridiculous I recommend personally going on the subreddit coronavirus and I’m telling you this because I have been obsessed with this subreddit Yes, but it gives you real information And if the sources are not accurate, they remove them if they’re just Twitter sources, they remove them they’re actually giving you real information I’ve been obsessed with this subreddit I’ve been looking at it for the last four weeks and I’ve been really bracing myself knowing that this is gonna happen here that we need to be prepared and telling people and people didn’t believe me but I’m telling you this subreddit is is is Very powerful and you should absolutely go on it if you want real information instead of like watching CNN Fox News Where all you see is Trump’s face, like I don’t want to see that I want to know actual information, especially if you’re not in the United States like I want information about Canada I want information about different countries. What’s going on Italy, you know? anyways Thank you so much Queer health collabs for allowing me to use this Information in a video and share it please go check them out on Instagram and follow them share their posts share this video Make sure that people understand that this is not medical advice This is basically please try not to bind and if you are gonna bind please just take breaks and breathe a lot It’s basically what we’re saying here. Alright, thank you so much. Stay safe. Stay healthy Have a great day, bye You

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  1. Thank you Chase, so glad you can be such a good resource for so many kiddos! Youtube people are gonna help uplift us through this time ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ You're awesome Chaaase!!

  2. Hey! I have a binder in size 3X that I no longer use. Like brand new condition. Do you know where I can donate this to?

  3. I never really thought that trans-specific advice for COVID-19 would be important, but after watching this I realize that it really is important for us as a community as well.

  4. Thank you so so so so sooo much for putting this out there Chase, I never would have seen Queer Health Collab's advice if you didn't make it into a video, this is so useful and could really really help somebody! I'm going to share it around as there are loads of people this could impact!

  5. As much as it makes me uncomfortable, Iโ€™ve switched to a sports bra as itโ€™s less light than a binder.

  6. Nursing student here. Great advice. One way we reduce the risk of pneumonia in the hospital is deep breathing. Take a deep breath inward and hold it for 3-5 seconds and breathe out normally. Do this 10-15 times every on to two hours preferably with your binder off.

  7. Thanks dude, I had no idea that covid19 would affect someone while binding, it's good to know! I'll make sure to spread the word to my transgender friends, thanks for sharing this information with us!

  8. I will aways recommend getting a binder with a zipper from some place like shapeshifters if you can. It is more expensive but if you can afford it, it's worth it. Their binders are well designed and fitted to your measurements to ensure they are comfortable and the exact right size for you, and you can even get them relaxed fit so they're a little less tight than your average binder while still binding pretty well. The zipper makes it super easy to give your chest and ribs a good break without having to completely remove your binder.

  9. thanks for this, I recently got a binder, and didn't realize how hard it can be to breathe in it at times. I also have asthma and phlegm so it can be hard to tell if I'm actually sick, or if it's just symptoms of my asthma and virnacular rhinitis.

  10. Fantastic resource! One critique; DON'T cough into your hand, that spread germs so much, cough into your ELBOW instead ๐Ÿ™‚ stay safe everyone <3

  11. This is a great video but itโ€™s important to remember not to cough into your hands. Cough into your elbow.

  12. Iโ€™m 9 days post DI and you have to keep a binder on almost all the time- for 14 days. Definitely anxious. What sort of stretching should I do? Definitely been doing the coughing thing.

  13. ๐Ÿ™ my husband was supposed to have his top surgery yesterday… it got postponed due to the virus being widespread in our area.. I wish this wasnt reality. Thanks for the info though!

  14. EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE, big bummer, but, it really is for safety that you all be careful out there while having ANY type of breathing issues. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ
    Thank you so much and I am definitely going to share this with my friends! Stay safe over there now that US/Canada borders are closed, no mail pick/ups for you till the border is open again? ๐Ÿค” bummer.

  15. Great video but if someone has COVID-19, being around a friend, or bringing them to the hospital with you can put them or their family at risk.

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