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June 03, 2020

A new coronavirus treatment is now being tested in the United Kingdom. Ibuprofen, a painkiller that is said to ease the pain that COVID-19 patients experience in the hospitals, is now back in the hospitals. Experts from King's College and London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital said that they are using painkillers to treat the patient's difficulty in breathing. Can it be helpful?

BBC reported that hospitals in the U.K. are now using Ibuprofen to help COVID-19 patients. Aside from being cost-friendly with prices less than $5, experts from different well-known hospitals in the country, also believe that this painkiller may help positive COVID-19 patients of no longer using ventilators, to recover.

As explained, a test trial called Liberate will be made to ensure the effectivity of painkillers on the human body. Half of their patients in each British hospital will receive Ibuprofen.

Unlike the standard ibuprofen tablet sold in public, the hospitals will use a special formulation of the specific painkiller.

Experts believed that Ibuprofen can treat animals' acute respiratory distress syndrome-- so it might play a major role in human treatment.

Prof Mitul Mehta, one of the teams at Kings College London, said: "We need to do a trial to show that the evidence matches what we expect to happen."

Why ibuprofen was not advised to be use for COVID-19 patients, back then?
Aside from ibuprofen, another medicine that was believed to ease the pain for coronavirus patients is paracetamol.

But both of these medicines are not fully advised by government officials to be used for patients.

"The taking of anti-inflammatories could be a factor in aggravating the infection," said the French health minister, Olivier Véran. "In the case of fever, take paracetamol. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor's advice."

On Mar. 17, the U.K.'s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, also claimed that ibuprofen worsens Coronavirus--also advises patients to take paracetamol.

However, Public Health England (PHE) told Independent U.K. that "Currently there is no published scientific evidence that ibuprofen increases the risk of catching COVID-19 or worsens the illness. There is also no conclusive evidence that taking ibuprofen is harmful to other respiratory infections."

A review by the Commission on Human Medicines clarified this debate and said that both ibuprofen and paracetamol can be safely digested and used in hospitals.

"The Commission of Human Medicines (CHM) Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between the use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or the worsening of its symptoms," said on April.