Coronavirus: why the WHO recommends not taking ibuprofen

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that people with symptoms of the new coronavirus should do not use ibuprofen to alleviate them.

Although the organization's spokesman, Christian Lindmeies, pointed out that there is still no proven evidence that the use of anti-inflammatory drugs – such as ibuprofen – can aggravate the health of patients with COVID-19, recommended the use of paracetamol instead.

"Our experts are investigating this in order to give future guidelines, but in the meantime we recommend using paracetamol and not ibuprofen."Lindmeier said at a press conference. However, the spokesperson clarified that, if anti-inflammatories are prescribed by a doctor, then the situation depends on his observation and the responsibility of the patient.

In the last days, alleged information has circulated on social networks indicating that the consumption of ibuprofen could increase the spread of the virus and, with it, the severity of the disease in patients, which could explain the higher proportion of serious cases in Italy in relation to China.

In parallel, French authorities warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the effects of the virus.


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