Local Thermotherapy for Patients With Mild-to-moderate COVID-19

  • End date
    Jun 27, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Instituto Nacional de Perinatologia
Updated on 27 January 2021


The etiological agent of the current pandemic is a (+)ssRNA virus. SARS-CoV-2 is infecting thousands of people in the world with a fatality rate that varies from 0.1 to 5% in affected countries, thereby causing enormous economic losses. Few antibiotics have shown any efficacy in their combat, but have not yet proven adequate to stop the spread of the disease, nor are there any approved vaccines at the moment. From experiments in plants ongoing infections by RNA viruses, using thermotherapy, which is the application of heat at a temperature between 35-43 C, the investigators know that raising the temperature affects the transcription of viral proteins due to the formation of small RNA molecules that interrupt the replication process by grouping in specific regions of the RNA molecule, preventing and inhibiting transcription. These small molecules are called small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). This feature has been used through thermotherapy in humans to combat the rapid replication of cells (i.e. cancer cells), attack cells infected by RNA viruses, and in the treatment of some parasitic infections.There are various commercially available devices for thermotherapy use in humans; they are mainly being used to ease muscle pain. They work by increasing the temperature in the range recommended for thermotherapy in humans 39-43 C. Therefore, the investigators consider this treatment modality can be used to aid in the elimination of SARS-CoV-2 from the human body, decreasing viral load, which could allow the immune system time for its control and elimination.


Considering the nature of the causative agent of COVID-19, a (+)ssRNA virus, the investigators propose the use of thermotherapy as a modality for viral containment, thereby preventing the progression of the infection to severe cases. The investigators consider applying the intervention with thermotherapy mainly as an adjuvant therapy in high-risk patients. The most accessible thermotherapy delivery method the investigators have identified is the use of an electric chest pad for its wide and known clinical use, including its recommended use for patients with arthritis. The intensity of temperature delivered by the electric cushion should be placed on the first level (lowest level), to avoid discomfort to the patient. The electric cushion provides a continuous hour of regulated heat, with enough penetration to raise the external temperature of the area to 40-42 C, a temperature range at which facilitation of elimination of the virus is expected.

Condition Induced Hyperthermia, *COVID-19, Covid-19
Treatment Electric pad for human external pain therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04363541
SponsorInstituto Nacional de Perinatologia
Last Modified on27 January 2021


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