Warning against taking ibuprofen as it ‘may worsen coronavirus’



Health officials are warning that over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs may make coronavirus worse.

French health minister  Olivier Véran, a qualified doctor and neurologist, is urging people to opt for paracetamol instead of ibuprofen to stay safe.

He wrote on Twitter: “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.”

According to health officials, anti-inflammatory drugs are a known risk for people with infectious illnesses because they can decrease the response of the body’s immune system,  the Guardian  reports.

They are recommending that people should take paracetamol instead because it “it will reduce the fever without counterattacking the inflammation”.

The news comes as all ski resorts in France are being closed  yesterday and will not reopen for the rest of the season because of COVID-19, MirrorOnline reports .

The shutdown comes just three weeks before the French and British school holidays, one of the busiest periods of the season.

France is also shutting shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities with its 67 million people were told to stay home after confirmed infections doubled in 72 hours.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government had no other option after the public health authority said 91 people had died in France and almost 4,500 were now infected.

“We must absolutely limit our movements,” he said.

Gatherings of more than 100 people have also been banned and tourist attractions have been shuttered.

The death toll in the UK is now at 35 patients.

Official figures have also confirmed the number of positive cases in the UK is 1,372.

Across the world more than 6,000 people have now died from the disease.

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