Sweat bathing against coronavirus?
The world-dreading coronavirus epidemic wiped out protective masks and disinfectants from pharmacies, messed up vacation plans and became a major topic of conversation. What`s next? How to protect yourself and others? The challenge is that effective measures, medicines or vaccines to combat this infection are not yet available, and it is not known when. The incubation period of the disease can last from 5 to 24 days, with up to half of those infected developing the asymptomatic form, but at that time, one or the other can easily infect others by unknowingly. Doctors advise to respect personal hygiene, avoid unnecessary travel, concern for overall health, and treatment of chronic diseases. And to be honest, you just wish luck, because it all depends on the state of your immune system.
There is a lot of information about coronavirus, but all of it needs to be critically evaluated and followed by official medical announcements. All the more so as the disease is non-fatal and most people recover safely. There is no cure for coronavirus, the only thing that will save you is your immunity. There are also cases where carriers will never get sick at all, but will spread the virus. So you understand for yourself that the saying that the drowning rescuer is in his own hands - i.e. your own.
There is no need to guess if and when the virus will reach your country, as it is already among us, so it is possible that the disease will catch you unexpectedly and have to take responsibility for your own health. Measures are very important during the incubation period. We believe that a traditional sauna can be a very effective tool in the fight against this disease.
Bath against viruses
It is well-known (and it has been proven by many scientific studies) that sauna is a great tool for hardening and strengthening the immune system. People who regularly go to the sauna for flu and colds practically forget or get sick very easily. However, as our folk wisdom says, it is not time to lick dogs when it comes to hunting. In other words, if you grasp that it is time to boost your immunity, neither a bath, no echo, nor magical incantations will do you a couple of days. And yet, can the sauna help someone who has just grabbed hold of it now?
The main factor in the sauna, of course, is heat. When well-nourished and fasted, the body's internal temperature can rise to 38.5-39 degrees or even more. There is a great deal of research into how sauna can influence influenza and colds. For example, in 1990. University of Vienna researchers published the findings of their study. The volunteers were divided into two groups. One of them regularly visited the sauna for half a year, the other did not. For half a year their health status, colds, duration and severity were monitored. The study showed that the group that visited the sauna had up to two times less common colds. Meanwhile, the duration and severity of the disease varied slightly. One can only speculate that in such a relatively short period of time the hardening and immune boosting effect of the sauna was not yet quite evident, but the heat, if the bath was going on at the very beginning of the infection, simply destroyed the infection before it was in trouble.
A women with whisk in traditional Nordic European Bath
What is the coronavirus wearing here? Let's think logically. Our body does not raise the temperature to frighten us - it is a protective reaction designed to fight infection. So does the sauna. Fever is the same, with or without the virus that attacks you with the crown, so mutate without knowing - you won't hold back ... The good news is that coronavirus is extremely sensitive to high temperatures and one of the first signs of this infection is high temperatures not beat for at least a couple of days. The bad news is that if the infection is already prevalent, your body may simply not have enough resources to fight it. This means that by raising the body temperature at the very beginning, before the infection is very widespread and the body's natural defenses are turned on, we have a chance to kill the virus before it causes any problems. Because when the temperature has risen - it's not time for a bath. Need to lie in bed and get treatment.
But here's another question - how do you know that you need to go to the sauna if you don't feel any symptoms? The answer is simple. Just go. Prophylactically. Remembering that the incubation time of the virus can last 5-24 days, in the event of an epidemic threat, it is advisable to go to the bath more often than usual - twice a week. And try to get really deep and well warmed up.
Antivirus sauna procedure
Here are some tips you may find useful:
- Go to a warm but not too hot bath. Hot and dry (90 degrees and more) baths can have the opposite effect of burning the airways and opening the way for infection.
- Spend enough time in the sauna to warm up really deep.
- The whole warm-up cycle - 3 turns, more intense than one another. Their total duration shall not exceed 40 minutes.
- Try not to sit, but to lie down, and if possible, raise your legs. Wear a thick bath hat.
- Use the straps to make yourself warm - the best way to warm up your body. Be sure to have your feet well!
- If you have your own sauna, it is ideal to go with your loved ones, your family, not only to protect them, but also to avoid unnecessary contact with other potential carriers of the virus.
- Don't forget the natural (and pleasant) inhalations of bath antiseptics: essential oils (eg eucalyptus, tea tree), bee pitch, coniferous veins.
- Avoid freezing in the bathhouse, put on warm slippers, and put on a bathrobe.
- Avoid very cold showers - this reduces body warming. Add lukewarm water.
- After sunbathing, be sure to wrap warmly and lie down for at least 30 minutes to sweat well.
- Enjoy the sauna. Good mood and joy is one of the best ways to boost your immune system.
Of course, these tips do not replace all other recommended safeguards. However, it is worth trying because it will significantly reduce your chances of getting sick.
If you get sick. Information on the course of the disease
The first symptom of the disease - a sudden rise in temperature - within 1-2 hours. it can reach 39 ° C and above. At the same time, joint and muscle pain begins, followed by headaches, and severe weakness, a feeling that you would have been hit by a train, not once, but twice. Later, after 6-12 hours, an inhuman cough begins - you cough continuously at intervals of a few / several seconds. Such an acute cough causes breathlessness in a few hours - you start to feel that you are short of air. Temperatures can rise further, joint-muscular-headaches increase, and coughing also causes sore throat.
Feel these symptoms?
If so, it's likely that you have one of the two types of coronavirus that has already been counted. Important - do not go to the sauna by any means - a rise in body temperature is a contraindication for the sauna! From the moment the temperature rises the body has activated its natural defenses and everything depends on your immune system.