VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — As Canada ramps up precautions for tackling the spread of the novel coronavirus, B.C.’s provincial health officer has been trying to answer the public’s questions.
Whether or not it would be worse for someone who might have the virus to take ibuprofen was one of the questions.
Someone asks about ibuprofen use and it making reactions worse- Henry says it is biologically possible – can happen with other flus. But hasn’t seen anything specific with this. She knows it is being looked into #bcpoli #covid19
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) March 17, 2020
“It’s biologically plausible we would say, but I don’t know the details of it yet for treating fevers,” Dr. Bonnie Henry explained. “Ibuprofen is something that we use commonly or plain Tylenol –acetaminophen– would be an alternative.”
Over the weekend, France’s health minister warned against taking anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. In a tweet, Olivier Véran said anti-inflammatories could be a factor in aggravating the infection.
As for ongoing efforts to help more people work from home, Henry said effective strategies include having employees alternate days out of the office. She asked employers again to make changes to keep the virus from spreading in the workplace.
“People work at home on certain days. They come in, but not everybody is there at the same time. There are many different strategies people can use to try and reduce the number of people that are in that airspace, so that we reduce the possibility of somebody coming in sick and spreading it to others within that environment,” she said.
If someone came to work sick, Henry said their coworkers could end up infecting friends or family and could even end up shutting down a business.
For now, though, it is not necessary to close daycares province-wide, said Henry.
“So there is a strategy being worked out to make sure that we can have a strategy that best protects people across the community and that’ll be coming in the coming days.”
On Tuesday, the province declared a public health emergency because of coronavirus as three new deaths and 83 new cases were reported in B.C.
Alberta and Ontario also declared a public health emergency.