Can Ibuprofen and NSAIDs Worsen Covid-19 Disease?

In a complex climate like the current one, the result of the spread of the new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the respiratory syndrome known as COVID-19, we are faced with a battle to be fought not only against the current pandemic triggered by the aforementioned virus, but also against what the Director General of the World Health Organization - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - defined as an "infodemic".

In other words, a disinformation pandemic caused by false news (the so-called "fake news"), half true, or in any case not verified. These news - which circulate mainly on the web, on social media, through text or voice messages in messaging applications for smartphones - create confusion in users, causing anxieties and worries to grow in a period that in itself is already quite complicated. In a context like this, the interventions of experts and health authorities can get lost in the sea of ‚Äč‚Äčinformation that overwhelms users, who are not always able to distinguish well-founded news from those that, on the other hand, have no foundation.

Among the various fake news we find the one concerning the alleged danger deriving from "taking ibuprofen in individuals suffering from the respiratory syndrome COVID-19. According to this news - which has been circulating for some time now both on the web and on the most used messaging applications - l" Ibuprofen use would worsen patients with COVID-19.

To clarify this delicate matter, we consulted Professor Fabrizio Pregliasco, virologist of the University of Milan.

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