Thermal inactivation of SARS COVID-2 virus: Are steam inhalations a potential treatment?
This case report indicates that steam inhalation helps reduce “viral shedding in infected individuals.” Participants who tried steam inhalation tested negative on the first day and showed a weak positive three days later, eventually testing negative on the tenth day.

Thermal inactivation of SARS COVID-2 virus: Are steam inhalations a potential treatment?

By: Giancarlo la Marca, Jacopo Barp, Stefano Frenos, Alessandro Mugelli, Luisa Galli, Elisa Calistri, Giacomo Biasucci, Salvatore De Masi, Renzo Guerrini
Nov. 21, 2020

Abstract

Background: The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has upset health systems around the world and caused immeasurable losses and costs. Until a vaccine will become available, the recommended prevention measures remain physical distancing and enhanced hygiene.

Methods and findings: The proteic structure external to the virus is the main target that may eventually lead to reduce or block its replication in the upper airways. We developed a protocol based of repeated steam inhalation cycles aimed at reducing the risk of progression to full blown infection if performed soon after contagion. The protocol has been used in a single-center open label trial on ten infected asymptomatic or pauci-symptomatic health care professionals.

Conclusions: The promising results we obtained with this easily accessible, non-invasive and inexpensive procedure should prompt controlled trials.

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