COVID-19 cases are still increasing to this day. Some people who are confirmed positive may be advised to self-isolate or isoman at home.
When undergoing isoman, sometimes family or friends give tips or information so that you can recover quickly. One of the news that often circulates is about hot steam inhalation therapy which is said to be able to kill the virus that causes COVID-19. Is that true in fact? In order not to be misguided, read on for the explanation below, OK!
1. The news about inhaling hot steam can kill the virus
A lot of information about health is spreading rapidly, especially during this pandemic. One of the news circulating said that inhaling hot steam can be relied on to cure COVID-19.
This method is claimed to be able to kill the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus that causes COVID-19 which is in the respiratory tract. In fact, this claim is not true.
2. So, fact or myth?
The news about inhaling hot steam can cure COVID-19 was denied by the Ministry of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia (Kominfo) and the COVID-19 Handling Task Force (Covid-19 Task Force). It is said that this claim is false.
Until now, there has been no scientific research that proves that inhaling hot steam can cure COVID-19. Secretary General of the Indonesian Association of Internal Medicine Specialists (PAPDI), Dr. dr. Eka Ginanjar, SpPD, K-KV, FINASIM, FACP, FICA, MARS, explained that this action was not beneficial because the virus was already inside the body’s cells, although initially the virus entered through the media. dropletciting the official Kominfo website.
Also explained on the COVID-19 Task Force page, adding eucalyptus oil to hot water has also not been scientifically proven to kill the corona virus.
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3. Still no research
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The report entitled “Using heat to kill SARS‐CoV‐2” published in the journal Reviews in Medical Virology 2020 shows that certain high temperatures can kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
However, the study examined the effect of high temperatures on viruses on surfaces. So, although high temperatures can weaken the corona virus on the surface of objects, this method may not necessarily be applied when the virus has entered the human body, as quoted on the page of the COVID-19 Task Force.
Also explained on the official website of Gadjah Mada University, eucalyptus does have content that has the potential as an antivirus. However, research on the virus that causes COVID-19 is still limited to in vitro studies and research through computer simulations, so further research is still needed.
4. Inhaling hot steam does not reduce complaints of colds
According to a study entitled “Steam inhalation and pediatric burns during the COVID-19 pandemic” in the journal The Lancet In 2020, the steam inhalation method is one of the traditional ways that is often relied on to relieve symptoms of colds or upper respiratory infections.
In theory, inhaled hot steam can loosen mucus or mucus, but scientific evidence for this method is considered weak.
Research shows that there is no reduction in symptoms after using steam inhalation therapy for colds or colds. In fact, this method is considered by researchers to be dangerous because it can cause blisters.
5. The dangers of using hot steam therapy
Still sourced from research in journals The Lancet In 2020, the hot steam inhalation method is especially dangerous for children. The reason is, hot water can cause blisters on the skin.
Burn Center in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, England, recorded a 30-fold increase in cases of burns due to inhalation of hot steam. Often cases occur because boiling water accidentally spills from a bowl or kettle. This of course results in the child needing hospital treatment, surgery, and can cause lifelong disability.
Sometimes, children are left without parental supervision. Therefore, it is necessary to educate parents to prevent burn injuries.
The news about inhaling hot steam which is said to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 is not true. Because, until now there is no scientific evidence that this method can kill SARS-CoV-2. Its use is potentially dangerous because it can increase the risk of blisters from being scalded by hot water or steam, especially in children.
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