Study: Can aspirin really relieve corona symptoms?

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According to a US study, the active ingredient in Aspirin can reduce the course of the disease and lower the risk of complications – that’s what it does.
The search for a vaccine to prevent corona infections or for drugs that can at least positively influence the course of the disease is still ongoing. A study from the USA has now tested the well-known active ingredient of Aspirin: acetylsalicylic acid. In this study, patients who had already been treated with acetylsalicylic acid in a low dose before their infection with Sars-CoV-2, for example, due to high blood pressure or diabetes, had a significantly milder course of Covid-19 disease. This is the conclusion reached by researchers in an observational study published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Course of the study
A research team from the University of Maryland School of Medicine evaluated the data during the first wave. A total of 412 adult patients (mean age 55) were enrolled with Covid-19. For the study, 344 patients (76.3 percent) received no acetylsalicylic acid, while 98 patients (23.7 percent) received acetylsalicylic acid within 24 hours of admission or seven days before admission.

Acetylsalicylic acid alleviated the course of the disease
Patients treated with acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in Aspirin, experienced a comparatively milder course of the disease. They had to be ventilated mechanically or transferred to intensive care less frequently. However, there were no major differences in the mortality rate (26.5 to 23.2 percent). However, the fact that the acetylsalicylic acid patients usually had higher risk factors (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) than the control group before the start of treatment was a positive sign.

The study director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine is still working on a clinical trial to confirm the results. Under no circumstances, however, should you attempt to relieve your symptoms with the active ingredient of Aspirin without medical advice!

  • Hector Pascua, Sources: forbes.com and freundin.de. Picture: hp
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