Ibuprofen Could Worsen Virus Effects According to World Health Organization


Information regarding COVID-19 and the pandemic nature of the virus is coming at us hard and fast, making it ever more difficult to decipher the wheat from the chaff.

To further compound the issue of what to believe, social media’s entire business model of conditioning users to feel accomplished when they gather “likes” and “shares” has pushed a great deal of misinformation and willful disinformation into the national discourse.

To prevent the spread of this faulty data, it is imperative that the global community cross reference the information that they are seeing on social media against what the CDC and World Health Organization are telling us.

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Today, for instance, the WHO has made an important announcement regarding the use of ibuprofen to treat the minor symptoms of coronavirus.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that people with COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking ibuprofen, after concerns were raised by French officials that it may make the virus more harmful.

A recent study in The Lancet medical journal, theorizing that an enzyme boosted by ibuprofen could enable and exacerbate COVID-19 infections, led France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran to suggest via social media that the medicine be avoided.

Questioned on the study by reporters in Geneva, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said that experts were “looking into this to give further guidance.”
“In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That’s important,” he said.

This is the sort of information that could save lives in this current climate, and we must do all that we can in order to spread only the pertinent and tested facts in the COVID-19 case.  The rest of the speculation is simply cluttering our platforms and social media channels, and endangering lives in the process.

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