With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, many of those who come down with it may be tempted to drive down a fever with common over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Motrin, Advil, and others. One of the main symptoms of the coronavirus is an elevated body temperature.
But is that a good idea? Our bodies raise our temperatures for a good reason. It makes the infection easier to fight. If we treat this fever, it could raise the risk of complications. And in this pandemic environment, those complications can be life threatening.
This is not a simple topic and I am not a doctor. People who take these medications may be treating chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. That makes treatment decisions more complicated. If you have any questions about the use of these medications, consult your doctor.
PhD nurse, John Campbell, discusses this topic in today’s edition of his daily YouTube video.