What is it about?

This paper reviews the evidence for using heat to treat and prevent viral infections such as COVID-19 and discusses potential cellular, physiological and psychological mechanisms of action. It also discusses the issues involved in implementing hat based protocols in community and healthcare settings.

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Why is it important?

Heat is a cheap, convenient and widely accessible therapeutic modality and this article provides evidence to show heat can be an effective strategy for dealing with respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 as well as other viral infections.


This article integrates material from evolutionary biology, traditional cultures, modern medicine and wellness interventions and shows how using heat is one of the most basic strategies for dealing with viral infections and building physiological and psychological resilience. This paper reveals how heat can be a cheap, widely available and effective intervention that activates the immune system and helps overcome viral threats.

Professor Marc Cohen
Extreme Wellness Institute

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This page is a summary of: Turning up the heat on COVID-19: heat as a therapeutic intervention, F1000Research, April 2020, Faculty of 1000, Ltd., DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.23299.1.
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