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For adults, it’s safe to take aspirin for pain or fever from COVID-19. Due to initial concern that anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin may worsen coronavirus symptoms, the World Health Organization initially recommended against the use of these anti-inflammatory drugs. However, they reversed that recommendation several days later and no longer recommend against ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin due to the risk of it causing a life-threatening condition called Reye’s syndrome.

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Harvard Health: Coronavirus Resource Center

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 25, 2020

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Harvard Health: Coronavirus Resource Center

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 25, 2020

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