COVID-19: A Reminder About Symptoms and The Latest on Ibuprofen

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COVID-19: A Reminder About Symptoms and The Latest on Ibuprofen

As all of you are aware, the news regarding the novel coronavirus is changing rapidly.  We are being overwhelmed with information, tips and warnings from news agencies, government officials and even our friends and neighbours.  While most of this info is clear and unambiguous, there continues to be some confusion about a variety of issues.  One of these is with regards to the use of ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms.  Approximately one week ago, health officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning about ibuprofen after a study in the British medical journal The Lancet suggested the the drug may exacerbate symptoms caused by the virus.  Ibuprofen is one of the most commonly used over the counter medications in the world.  It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that is usually used to treat fever and/or pain.  What followed was a stream of contradictory opinions that flooded websites and social media.  Three days ago, the WHO reversed their position and stated that there was, in fact not enough evidence to recommend against the use of ibuprofen.  That’s remained the case to date.  Hopefully, none of our readers will have to worry about COVID-19 symptoms, but just in case, it’s a good bit of information to keep in mind.

Speaking of COVID-19 symptoms, it is worth repeating the main symptoms associated with infection.  These include fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing.  Typical signs of an everyday cold are usually NOT associated with novel coronavirus infection.  So if you are sneezing and have nasal congestion only, it is extremely unlikely that you have COVID-19.  Please keep that in mind when considering whether or not to seek medical attention.

Please remember to wash your hands, stay home when possible and maintain a safe distance from others when you do need to venture out for groceries or medication.  And just a reminder that if you do need to connect with us, do so with an email to  Stay safe everyone!

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