With COVID-19 spreading to over 130 countries now, even a slight fever can trigger people to suspect themselves to have coronavirus. Though the symptoms must not be ignored, and you must contact your doctor in case you fall ill. But what to do when you are self-quarantined at home and need medicine to cure your fever? Should you take Ibuprofen or Paracetamol? Both of them being the widely taken medicines in case of fever.
Advice from France’s Health Minister
French health minister, Olivier Véran, who is a qualified doctor and neurologist, 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.”
He advised people to avoid taking ibuprofen as it many worsen the symptoms, in case you are COVID-19 positive. Paracetamol is a safe option for fever and can be taken till you are tested for COVID-19. A senior doctor who didn’t want to be quoted said, “We prefer to give Paracetamol in all viral infections as it is safe for patients.”
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Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen and cortisone, are known to be of high risk for those who have contracted illnesses because they tend to diminish the response of the body’s immune system. Paracetamol is preferred as it is not only a mild medicine but also because of its ability to tone down fever without counterattacking the inflammation.
Dealing with panic
In the current scenario, handling everything with patience is the key. In order to protect yourself from COVID-19 practice hand hygiene. Washing hands for at least 20 seconds is a must, whenever you come back home from outside. Avoid going to crowded and public places. Wear a mask if you are suffering from fever, cold and cough. Stay away from elders in your family if you are sick, as they are the most prone to contract the infection.
Contact your doctor in case you fall ill. After checking your symptoms, your doctor will further advise you whether you should get tested for COVID-19 or not. Do not rush to screening centers without having a word with your doctor. You must also take a lot of fluids and foods which increase your immunity to keep the virus at bay.