Rheumatic Fever and Covid-19

II have inherited susceptibility for rheumatic heart fever from my father. He got it after sleeping in a very cold bed in the military service about 1918. He was cured at the local but large hospital by being placed in a sauna several days. I have got it two times; one time when sleeping in my sailboat a cold night and another time when I got pneumonia without to need penicillin. In the first case I could notice that my physical strength was much lower than normal. Luckily I could cure myself in the sunny weather by letting sun shine light fall directly on my breast. In the case of the pneumonia I was almost healed when I got the rheumatic fever. It is caused by the bacteria Streptococcal Pharyngitis. In the warm summer weather the rheumatic fever disappeared in a week..

26 February and 04 March this year I participated in an exercise group at the local gym. There were some indications (overheard talks after the exercise) that people, that had met persons skiing in northern Italy (or been their themselves?), participated in the group. Later I did find that I had problems to pass a small uphill when cycling to the shopping center to buy food. These problems came every time when I passed the small hill that I did many times. 20 March I could feel joint pain and later that evening I got formation of mucus in my throat The whole following night I had to cough up mucus. The following day I rested but did not feel any substantial fever and I did not check it. I still had to cough up mucus but now decreasing. Next day the formation of mucus was considerable lower. On March 27 I went on my bicycle to the local shop center to buy food. To my great surprise I had no problems to pass the small uphill!

These experiences have led to the thoughts, that the bacteria Streptococcal Pharyngitis causing Rheumatic Fever, perhaps may be produced in an earlier stage of Covid-19 infection than for Pneumonia and causes the heart capacity to be lowered. So old people ought to be observant if they find it more difficult than normal to pass a hill when walking or go upwards a staircase. If so they should be treated with warming up the heart with infrared light. Warming up also the throat and breast is certainly not negative. The acute reception at the University Hospital at Linköping, is now always warming up the heart as the first measure in cases with myocardial infarction.

In the market there are several types of complete units with an infrared lamp intended for medical purposes in the cost range 50-130 US$. Some pharmacist shops sell such units.

2020-04-05

Olof Nirs