The coronavirus has stopped the world on its axis and has caused more than 450,000 deaths around the world. There is no vaccine yet but scientists are working diligently to find a cure. Some doctors say that if you have contracted the virus there may be something you can do to fight it. Amy Baxter, a reputable MD in Atlanta is known for her forward-thinking approach to established beliefs and she recommends a solution that is rarely heard of. She states that coronavirus infected patients can fight the virus with nasal irrigation.
The Key to Reducing COVID-19 Progression is Nasal Irrigation
Amy says that she strongly believes that nasal irrigation may be the key to reducing COVID-19 progression of symptoms and contagiousness. Her research and discussions with ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) and pulmonary colleagues support her assumption.
Nasal irrigation has been around for over 5,000 years and can cleanse your sinuses of bacteria and viruses. Amy states that recent studies on the flu and other colds show that nasal irrigation can reduce the symptoms and the length of the sickness. There are no studies yet to see if this is applies for the coronavirus.
Why it’s Effective
Amy believes this method could work to terminate the virus from taking over one’s immune system for many reasons. The first reason is that “SARS-CoV-2’s viral load is densest in sinuses/nasal cavity.”
The second reason is that coronavirus is more fatal in the elderly and men. Amy says that kids don’t develop full sinuses until teens, and males have bigger cavities than women, and the cavities are biggest in those over 70 years old.
Amy also states that the reason deaths are so low in southeast Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Laos) is because they wear masks, bow and don’t shake hands. But the most significant difference between them and places like South Korea or Japan is that nasal irrigation is practiced by 80% of the population.
How to Do it
If you have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has it, Amy’s guide on how to perform a nasal wash, is:
Do a hypertonic nasal irrigation with half teaspoon povidone-iodine in the morning and in the evening with 8 ounce of boiled lukewarm tap water, half teaspoon baking soda, and one teaspoon salt per cup H20. Flush twice a day. This will give your immune system time to figure out what it needs while reducing the enemy.
Nasal irrigation may be effective in avoiding respiratory problems caused by COVID-19. Flushing the sinuses can stop the virus from spreading to your lungs and causing damage throughout your body. A nasal wash is a safe and risk-free solution to try.