As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be breaking news, nationally and internationally, it’s important to note that this is a lung and respiratory health issue facing the world’s population. Dry salt therapy has been researched for the past few decades around the world with very positive results in relieving upper and lower respiratory conditions. In many countries, it is an approved therapeutic treatment covered by health providers.
While there are many health care professionals and clinicians around the world working diligently on researching this particular virus for fighting off and containing the virus, there are no formal studies currently in place specifically testing the impact halotherapy has on this particular coronavirus. Some physicians here in the United States and abroad are interested in adding this to quarantined individuals for treatment, however, there are no direct claims that can be made at this time.
Dr. Daniel Layish, MD, a Board Certified Pulmonologist said: “It is too early to tell what impact halotherapy may have with this strain of the coronavirus, however, this coronavirus does affect the respiratory and lung system and dry salt therapy has shown to provide symptomatic benefits. Being proactive and taking care of your respiratory system is becoming more important than ever before.”
According to the Salt Therapy Association, dry salt therapy is antimicrobial which kills many microorganisms or stops their growth. Over a month ago, there was a published article referencing a study underway with researchers at the University of Alberta that have developed a virus-killing salt coating that’s designed to improve the effectiveness of the common surgical masks often used to prevent the spread of pathogens like influenza or the new coronavirus.
The salt we use is 99.99% pure medical-grade sodium chloride and, therefore, there are no concerns regarding any foreign substances or contaminants when inhaling the dry salt aerosol. Salt is antimicrobial which means it is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth. Due to its antibacterial properties, salt has long been used as a preservative.
Stay healthy and be safe!
Tanya and Deb