The World Health Organisation on Tuesday recommended that people suffering from COVID-19-like symptoms should avoid "self-medicating with ibuprofen," reported Business Standard.
The advice follows a recent warning from French health minister Olivier Veran on the heels of a study in The Lancet that hypothesised that an enzyme that is boosted when taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.
Asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said the UN health agency's 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.
He stressed though that if ibuprofen had been "prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that's up to them" and that patients should "ask advice from your doctor."
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