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Coronavirus: Dr Hilary explains why paracetamol is ‘superior’ to ibuprofen in COVID-19 war

ITV’s GMB host Piers Morgan questioned the effectiveness of ibuprofen and whether it actually exacerbates conditions in regards to the coronavirus. Dr Hilary explained that paracetamol is superior to anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen because some inflammation can aide the fight against viral infection. However, Dr Hilary stated that those that are already taking ibuprofen should not stop. 

Susanna Reid said: “I hope I am quarantined with Dr Hilary quite frankly.”

Piers Morgan then asked: “Dr Hilary, a quick question, people are suggesting that things like ibuprofen should be avoided because they may exacerbate conditions, true?”

Dr Hilary replied: “So this story is flying around.

“Ibuprofen and that groups of drugs are an anti-inflammatory.”

“Sometimes you want a bit of inflammation to fight the viral infection.

“So, in theory, paracetamol is superior to anti-inflammation. 

“But don’t stop taking it if you are already taking it.”

At the time of writing Britain has the 10th highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has just less than 1,400 cases in total.

The death toll in Britain is currently 35. 

20 people have recovered from the coronavirus within the United Kingdom. 

There are currently more than 1,300 active COVID-19 cases within Britain. 

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Worldwide there have been over 170,000 COVID-19 cases. 

The death toll has reached just more than 6,500 at the time of writing. 

More than 77,000 people worldwide have recovered from being infected with the coronavirus.

157 countries at the time of writing have a confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus. 

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