Coronavirus latest: WHO issues latest advice on using ibuprofen to treat Covid-19

Coronavirus latest: WHO issues latest advice on using ibuprofen to treat Covid-19

Confusion surrounding the coronavirus continues as advice surrounding the global pandemic continues to vary from country to country. Cases across the globe are continuing to climb, with over 2,000 cases now confirmed in the UK

While scientists are working hard to create a vaccine to fight COVID-19, a health minister has warned against taking a certain medicine to treat symptoms.

Although there’s currently no cure for the new virus, scientists are currently working around the clock to create a vaccine.

However, for the time being, thousands are being advised to self-isolate and to treat symptoms at home.

But when it comes to treating coronavirus, French health minister Olivier Veran, a qualified doctor and neurologist, has issued a warning against taking ibuprofen.

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The World Health organisation has issued their latest advice on using ibuprofen (Image: GETTY)

The French government has issued a warning that over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs may make coronavirus worse.

Olivier tweeted on Saturday: “The taking of anti-inflammatories [ibuprofen, cortisone…] could be a factor in aggravating the infection.

“In case of fever, take paracetamol.

“If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.”

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There is currently conflicting advice on the effects ibuprofen has on those with covid-19 (Image: GETTY)

However, the negative side effects of taking ibuprofen is yet to be confirmed by the World Health Organization.

WHO issued a statement last night about the use of the drug.

They said: “WHO is aware of concerns on the use of #ibuprofen for the treatment of fever for people with #COVID19.

“We are consulting with physicians treating the patients & are not aware of reports of any negative effects, beyond the usual ones that limit its use in certain populations.  Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of of ibuprofen.”

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The World Health Organization has updated its advice on using ibuprofen to treat Covid-19 (Image: GETTY)

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Health ministers have warned against taking a certain medicine to treat symptoms (Image: GETTY)

However, some found the advice more confusing, with many still conflicted on how to treat their symptoms should they arise.

One user tweeted: “Terrible phrasing with the double negative ‘does not recommend against’.

“Potentially confusing for people when English is not their first language as double negatives works differently in different languages.

A second added: “Thanks for the info, it’s just so confusing what to believe right now.”

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Coronavirus symotoms (Image: EXPRESS)

Meanwhile, the military has stepped up their approach in combatting the disease as up to 20,000 troops are on standby.

Military sources yesterday revealed the Ministry of Defence has held discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care about using barracks or hospital ships as temporary medical centres for people with coronavirus.

Health chiefs are trying to prevent the virus from overwhelming the NHS and hospital’s intensive care units.

An 10,000 extra personnel, on top of 10,000 already at “high readiness”, will be part of a “Covid Support Force” ready to help Government departments and local resilience forums.


Cases across the globe are continuing to climb, with over 2,000 cases now confirmed in the UK (Image: GETTY)

The Ministry of Defence also cancelled rest-and-recuperation leave for troops returning from overseas operations.

Some could be quarantined to check for symptoms of the virus, meaning they are fit and ready when needed.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The men and women of our Armed Forces stand ready to protect Britain and her citizens from all threats, including Covid-19.

“The unique flexibility and dedication of the services means that we are able to provide assistance across the whole of society in this time of need.”

Published at Thu, 19 Mar 2020 06:51:00 +0000