The French authorities have warned that widely used anti-inflammatory drugs can worsen coronavirus.
The country’s health minister, Olivier Véran, a specialist physician and neurologist, posted on twitter Saturday: “Taking anti-inflammatory drugs [ιβουπροφαίνη, κορτιζόνη …] could be a worsening factor of the infection.
In case of fever, take paracetamol. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, seek the advice of your doctor.
Health officials point out that anti-inflammatory drugs are known to pose a risk to people with infectious diseases because they tend to diminish the body’s immune system response.
The French Ministry of Health added that patients should choose paracetamol because it “will reduce the fever without counteracting inflammation”.
French patients have been forced to consult pharmacies since mid-January on whether to buy popular painkillers, such as ibuprofen, paracetamol (such as Depon and others) and aspirin.
The French Ministry of Health announced Friday night that the number of cases of coronaviruses in the country increased by 800 in 24 hours. Véran said there were 3,661 confirmed cases that had led to 79 deaths. Of the patients, 154 are in intensive care.
Véran said in his daily report that the evolution and spread of the virus were “rapid and real”, but that 98% of those diagnosed as “positive” had recovered.
The Eiffel Tower, the Château de Versailles, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Center are among the public sights that have been closed. The Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, said there would be no Sunday mass at churches in the Paris area.
Schools were closed across the country on Saturday, meaning 12.4 million students will stay home. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said the online curriculum should be implemented online.
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