Coronavirus has the UK in a chokehold. Many sectors have ceased to function in the wake of the lockdown, which has ordered the general public to stay at home until further notice. The combined effect of this measure and the daily death toll creates a chronic sense of powerlessness.
Many people will feel they are simply sitting ducks, and it is only a matter of time before they catch the virus and suffer the consequences.
Despite the daily figures, evidence suggests that most people will only get mild symptoms and recover, however.
The cause for optimism is based on research conducted on 44,672 confirmed coronavirus patients in China.
The research, published last month by Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that more than 80 percent of people diagnosed with the disease only showed mild symptoms and recovered.
According to the Commission of Human Medicines (CHM), a public health body, there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or the worsening of its symptoms.
The health body says patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19.
However, the NHS still advises to take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.
“If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first,” the health body adds.