I can’t stop dreaming about sweating in a sauna filled with naked strangers. It might seem a curious preoccupation during the current health crisis, but as winter descends, coronavirus cases surge, and I find myself trapped inside a poorly insulated Brooklyn apartment, the recurring fantasy is my escape from reality.
Think about it: a trip to the sauna is the ultimate antidote to frigid alfresco dining in my pandemic-plagued city. Sweating would release the toxins I soaked up while self-medicating my way through 2020 with comfort food and alcohol. Saunas can improve brain function, decrease the risk for cardiovascular diseases, and, according to a Finnish study, reduce the risk of “all-cause mortality.” Everyone who managed to survive the deadliest year in US history deserves a sensible schvitz for making it this far.