PEOPLE with coronavirus are being advised to stop taking ibuprofen amid fears it could worsen the infection.
During a hearing of the Health Select Committee today, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance suggested people should not take the drug to treat Covid-19.
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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."
It comes after French health minister Olivier Veran suggested that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the infection.
In a tweet, Mr Veran wrote: "Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone, etc.) may be a factor in worsening the infection. If you have a fever, take paracetamol. If you are already on anti-inflammatory drugs or if in doubt, ask your doctor for advice."
And the NHS says that taking paracetamol, rest and drink plenty of fluids is the best way to treat Covid-19 at home.
It comes as the UK death toll hit 71 today and cases exploded by 407 to 1,950 today in the biggest single leap in patients with the killer bug in one day.
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A stepdad has also warned people not to give coronavirus-infected children ibuprofen as it may make their symptoms worse.
Dan Milner, from Bristol, said four-year-old Amelia's condition rapidly deteriorated after she took the drug in liquid form at the weekend.
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.
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