People with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, or if they believe they have the virus, should take paracetamol in preference to ibuprofen.
People currently advised to use ibuprofen by their healthcare professional should not stop using them.
The government statement added: “There is some debate suggesting NSAIDs may increase complications from simple acute respiratory infections or slow recovery. The product information of many NSAIDs already contains warnings that their anti-inflammatory effects may hide the symptoms of a worsening infection. However, the evidence is not conclusive.
“In view of the current lack of research the Commission on Human Medicines (an expert advisory body of MHRA) and NICE have been asked to review the evidence.”
Although there is no official statement from the NHS on the risk of having the coronavirus (COVID-19) and living with diabetes it is recommended that the same safety precautions are observed as when sick.
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