The corona virus appearantly does not like high temperature: High Temperature and High Humidity Reduce the Transmission of COVID-19 Also it seems that higher body temperatures helps the immune system to work better: Elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells to work better, evidence suggests

Should therefore someone who suspect they may have the corona virus or possibly another cold virus and do not experience fever try to elevate their body temperature slightly (say 0.5-1 degrees celsius) by dressing extra warm?

This is postulated here.

Does this sound plausible to you?

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SARS-CoV-2 is believed to have spilled over into humans from a Rhinopholus (horseshoe bat) reservoir. During flight, bats' body temperature is maintained at levels associated with fever in other mammals. Rhinolophus bats are reported to reach skin temperatures of 41 C during flight. (From this review which describes why bats might be special sources for zoonotic viruses) So, this virus is likely adapted to survive higher temperatures than a human host.


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