This week, coronavirus cases in the UK hit 25,000, fuelling the widespread panic about the spread of the virus.

While early studies indicated that taking ibuprofen could make symptoms worse for coronavirus patients, new research indicates that this isn’t the case after all.

Researchers from King’s College London have analysed 89 studies on other coronavirus strains including SARS, to find out if pain medications should be avoided.

Their analysis found ‘no evidence’ that ibuprofen makes symptoms worse in patients with the disease.

In a statement about the study, the researchers, led by Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck, said: “There had been some speculation that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen might make things worse for some Covid-19 patients, but the researchers did not find evidence to support this statement.”

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In the study, the researchers also looked at the effects of other drugs on coronavirus, including TNF blockers and JAK inhibitors – drugs typically used to treat arthritis.

Again, the analysis found no evidence that taking these drugs is unsafe for coronavirus patients.

The findings comes shortly after French Health Minister Olivier Veran suggested anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could aggravate the effects of Covid-19 and told people to take paracetamol if they have a fever.

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

Meanwhile, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance suggested people should not take ibuprofen.

Sir Patrick told MPs: “The ibuprofen example – it may or may not be right, I don’t know, but the sensible thing to do would be to say don’t take it at the moment, take something else – paracetamol or something.”





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