The coronavirus pandemic is a fluid situation, with information changing constantly, and as this occurs, some updates aren’t rising to the top of the news cycle for all people.
With that in mind – here are some of the lesser reported facts about coronavirus you need to know.
France issues warning over use of ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories if infected with coronavirus
The health minister of France, Olivier Véran, is warning that the use of anti-inflammatories could aggravate the infection. The French government also reported that there were “grave adverse effects” linked to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including ibuprofen), that have “been identified with patients affected by Covid-19, in potential or confirmed cases.”
Véran tweeted:“#COVID-19 The taking of anti-inflammatories [ibuprofen, cortisone…] could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.”
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are those such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, and other brand names), naproxen (Aleve) and many others available over the counter and by prescription.
NSAIDs work by suppressing the natural response of the immune system, particularly certain enzymes that make prostaglandins and stop your body from making as many of these, which results in less swelling, and thus, less pain.
According to WebMD, NSAIDs also reduce blood flow to the kidneys, making them work more slowly, building up fluids in your body, which in turn raises blood pressure. Many specialists recommend people with asthma avoid the use of NSAIDs.
UK warns pregnant women now part of most “at-risk” group of contracting coronavirus
US may want to follow steps now enacted in the UK aimed at protecting pregnant women, as the British government announced it will be telling pregnant women to stay home for 12 weeks.
Public Health England Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty announced that the government is officially grouping pregnant women with the elderly and more vulnerable as being part of the most “at-risk” list of individuals.
The UK government says it is “absolutely critical” that pregnant women follow these guidelines.
Around the globe, and in the UK, newborns are testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Three days ago in London a newborn tested positive for coronavirus.
The mother was taken to the hospital under suspicions of pneumonia, but has also tested positive for the virus.
People with blood type A may be more vulnerable to coronavirus, new study
Research on patients in Wuhan and Shenzhen have found an interesting fact, patients with the blood type A had a higher rate of infection with a tendency to get more severe symptoms, according to a new preliminary study that was reported by the South China Morning Post.
The study looked at the blood group patterns of over 2000 patients and found that those with blood type O appear to have a significantly lower risk of COVID-19 than other blood types.
States and businesses launch efforts to help seniors unable to access groceries
With people in a panic buying mode, some of the most vulnerable people – seniors and disabled adults – are finding themselves unable to access groceries. Some states and some businesses are launching efforts to remedy this problem.
In New Mexico, the State Department has launched a hotline to help seniors who are unable to access groceries and some vital supplies such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and more due to over shopping and hoarding by panicking buyers.
Seniors and disabled adults are advised to leave a message with the New Mexico State Department and they will get back to you. The number is 1-800-432-2080.
Other states may be launching similar efforts, check with your local State Department.
Dollar General devoting the first hour to senior shoppers
Dollar General’s CEO announced that the company will be devoting its first hour of operations each day to senior customers as a way of helping to protect the elderly who are more at risk.
The move is not only to help seniors gain access to supplies at affordable prices, but also to help protect them against the virus itself, by allowing them to be the first to access the store after it has been cleaned and disinfected overnight.
Dollar General will also be closing its doors one hour earlier to allow employees to clean and restock shelves.