How To Take Control Of Your Cold (COVID-19 included)
Below are the key and basic issues.
- For a start, one consistent symptom of coronavirus is a sore throat. If you have a cough, your cough reflex trigger is infected. Try gargling with warm to hot water, add green tea, or add fresh ginger. You are probably 2-3 days since the infection stage.
- As a reminder, my treatment for colds is to be applied within a few days after any symptoms are detected. It can be used for most colds and flu including the COVID-9 variants. The purpose is to minimize damage by stopping viruses in the nasal cavity and throat. It is a generic treatment that enhances our built-in immune fever response. The treatment process time is 1.5-2.5 hours. The treatment can be self-applied, no extra drugs are required, any extra equipment can be home-made and improvised.
- Most human cold viruses replicate in the nasal cavity and pharynx (throat), the upper airways. The viruses enter as an aerosol and stick to the surfaces. Their ideal environment for replication is with the temperature in the range of 30-33 0C for colds, higher to 36 0C for flu, and relative humidity 40-60%, created in the above cavity and throat when the air temperature is about 24 0C.
- A virus particle replicates exponentially. One particle can produce 29 copies in about 3 hours times a million or more. The numbers are staggering. Their size is minuscule, about 3 million on could be squeezed on the head of a pin. It is not clear the actual surface density but it can be very high in a day or so.
- These viruses have upper temperature and humidity limits where replication is stopped. Their limits where they cease to exist are in the temperature range of 37.5-39 0C and relative humidity greater than 95%.
- If your cold is well developed and if your temperature is 40 0C or more then it is time to get some professional advice. You may be in trouble.
- It is my understanding that cold viruses can’t tolerate the environmental conditions in the lungs and stomach. This makes sense as when we breathe shedding viruses go both in and out. If the viruses could tolerate the lung environment we would all be dead in days. It is likely the remnants of the damage caused by the flu-type viruses cause lung problems.
- When part of your immune system senses the virus invasion it will crank up the body temperature setting a few degrees and the heating mechanism kicks in. If the temperature gets too high the cooling mechanism is turned on, blood goes to the skin surface and perspiration is turned on. A worst-case scenario is an overheat condition, a cytokine storm may happen, bad news, massive cooling needed.
- By blocking the nose and mouth breathing, our upper airways will increase in temperature in the upper airways to our core body temperature and relative humidity of >95% in less than 15 minutes. With a cold fever, our core temperature will rise to a range of 37.5-39 0C. Some people such as older people may not be able to develop the highest temperature and added heat may be needed. This is my primary contribution to curing colds.
- We are heat engines and in general, require cooling. If we insulate our bodies with added clothing our core temperature can be raised temporarily, for a few required hours for the treatment to happen.
- The quickest solution is to go to bed, pile on a few blankets or fully submerge in a hot bath, block your nose with tape or bandages, try breathing through your mouth first then block one nostril and finally the other. Endure for 1.5 – 2.5 hours and it is over. There are alternative ways to increase body heat such as saunas, steam generators, and hot tubs. The key issue is to ensure the nasal and throat passages meet the upper heat requirement.
· A few of my references are at the end of my previous post.
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