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Coronavirus myths busted

By Alan Beresford

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THE surge of the coronavirus through the country has brought with it many health myths which have turned out to be false.

Many treatment myths have sprung up in the wake of the coronavirus.
Many treatment myths have sprung up in the wake of the coronavirus.

A quick guide to some of the more common fake pieces of advice doing the rounds has been compiled by the BBC's Reality Check team, who have been keeping a close eye on some of the stories emerging from across the world since the outbreak began.

The team's Chris Morris has covered come of the most common myths in a short video.

To watch, click here.

In a separate article, the team addressed a commonly held belief that it is dangerous for Covid-19 sufferers to take ibuprofen to relief their symptoms.

Medical professionals approached said that while ibuprofen is not recommended for managing coronavirus symptoms the NHS have stated that while "there is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (Covid-19) worse, until we have more information take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you."

However, it was advised that people already taking ibuprofen for other conditions should not stop without consulting a doctor.

Paracetamol and ibuprofen can bring a temperature down and help with flu-like symptoms, the article went on to say, but ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not suitable for everyone and can cause side-effects, especially for people with asthma, heart and circulatory problems.

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