Let us put forward new ideas for tackling this virus, however weird and whacky!
As I understand it, people are drowning in their own very thick and sticky mucous. Normal coughing is not clearing it. The mucous fills the air sacs in the lungs and to the point where no air can get in or CO2 get out.
Question: is it possible to make the mucous less thick and sticky?
Possible answer: would a mist generator help? It produces very fine water drops. If the patient breathes these in, can they then dilute the thick mucous, and so more easily cough it out?
Disclaimer: I am not a medic. This idea may or may not work. I have no idea if it would help or hinder. Try it at your own risk.
A follow on question: can anything be added to the water which forms the mist, so that it can tackle the virus?
Since it is a mist, and not steam, we are not limited to volatile liquids.
The Corona virus is similar to the common cold virus (actually a whole family of virii).
One old technique to tackle the cold is with salt water - gargle with it. and also suck it up into the nose.
The active component in salt is the chlorine. It helps attenuate the virus.
Anyway, I have ordered an electrically powered mister. Probably best to get one with more capacity rather than the small ones. I have ordered a 4 litre capacity. It has two outlet spouts, which appear to be swivelable to point in one direction.
In case the mains electricity fails, I have also ordered some hand operated plant misters. A potential problem would be if when not in use, the water at the nozzle evaporates and a salt plug blocks it. Could simply put a piece of wet sponge over the nozzle to prevent this.
Comments and suggestions gratefully received.
Any other “outside the box” ideas?