Open Access Research Article Article ID: APM-5-120

    COVID-19: Notes on its Etiology, Pathogenesis and Mediation

    Richard D Sauerheber* and Kalvin McCallum

    The susceptibility of the SARS novel CoV-2 virus to environmental temperature has become recently known and suggests that freshly boiled steam or heated air at an appropriate temperature may be a useful prophylactic and mitigant in the treatment of COVID-19 infection. A laser thermometer was used to measure the temperature of a steam column as a function of height above boiling water to determine the conditions known to partially or fully inactivate viral infectivity. The rationale for the possible treatment is explained. An overview of virus properties, Covid-19, and the worldwide pandemic is presented. The percentage lethality in confirmed cases monitors aspects of the pandemic in the U.S. and the world. The world lethality and overall U.S. lethality are approximately 4.2-4.4% as of July 18, 2020. However ten States have a higher value, as high as 9.2% for Connecticut, while 14 States are below the world average with California at 1.9%. Possible reasons for these differences are discussed. 

    Disclaimer: Statements and suggestions in this article should not replace treatment given by a physician, and any change in treatment or prophylactic protocol must be discussed and approved by a physician before being undertaken. Clinical sequelae associated with infection vary widely among people, and any procedure that might be advisable in one stage of an infectious process may not be effective or may be contraindicated in another stage. Breathing steam or heated air must not be too severe to scald airway tissue and must not be so vigorous as to spread viral particles in airways. This information is open for discussion and further examination.


    Published on: Sep 25, 2020 Pages: 45-57

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/apm.000020
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