The solution that I have presented should come under the heading of Home Remedies, as it has no official standing. I did try to find several organizations and people that I thought might be interested, but as I have mentioned I received no personal replies, mostly form letters. My first post on the subject in April had over 500 views, unheard of number for my blog. I wrote the second blog on the subject because I wanted to present a simple design, for this specific application. On a piece-wise basis, the design is much less expensive and could be mass-produced or made for a single-use application. On a single unit, one-time use using scrap material and masking tape the cost is less than $5 (A pair of hand warmer pads at CTC cost about $2 including tax) but on mass production about $2.
I know that this treatment works for colds and flu, for my self and my wife and a few friends. I published it to determine the efficacy of this approach from your comments, as I could find no other option. Also, the downside to someone trying this treatment is minimal. If you stick to my guidelines of staying in the heating ranges I suggest, there should be no harm done. There are no chemicals or potions that can do any harm. It is analogous to the mustard plasters that my mother used on me as a child. It can be applied at home and no special equipment is required. The results are immediate and you will know by your nasal and sinuses clearing up. I would not have published the last two posts if this treatment would cause any damage.
The problem with acceptance of calling this a cure is that there is the assumption that the common cold can’t be cured. The reason is that there are over 200 versions of the rhinovirus and each one requires a specific vaccine. Some reports show their reproduction rate given a suitable environment of humidity and temperature, can vary widely from below 24 0 C up to 37 0C. At 38.7 0C and humidity greater than 90% the rate drops off to zero. The humidity is the issue as I understand the virus can exist at higher and lower temperatures but lower humidity.
Blocking off your nose raises the temperature in your nasal and sinus passages to core temperature and the relative humidity must be 90% plus. All my treatment does is raise the temperature artificially to about 41 0C where I assume the COVID-9 won’t survive.
The other issue is I neglected what materials to use of the pouch. The cloth I used is unbleached, close weaved, cotton muslin. At Len’s Mills in Ontario, a yard of 36” wide is about $5. And the insulation material is called quilted broadcloth ¼” thick. It is made of a layer of cotton backing with a layer of polyester batting. About $11 a yard. The idea is that one side of the pad is just a cloth layer and the other some material that will allow air in and out of the pad. If the pad is too hot you have to add another layer of cloth to the hot side.
My hope is that this will work on the COVID-19 virus as it cut short the ski season by 3 weeks. It would be great that the next season proceeded unhampered.