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stop575575dParacetamol and aspirin are relative weak painkillers with many adverse effects, some are helping sgainst fever, but since sars-cov-2 is a virus are antibodies, either produced by the immune system or by science. Lowering fever is in this situation contra-productive, since a higher temperature helps the immune system. Since no one has antibodies the only cure is to stay home/hospital, eat healthy, drink much and sleep under a warm blanket. If your temperature gets too high call an doctor and until he says nothing other: take a piece of cloth, make it wet and lay it on your head, change it regulary.
SomeNone70875dMany people are obsessed with taking ibuprofen/paracetamol to lower their temperature even if it's only slightly elevated. I agree with the sentiment that the body produces fever because it helps fight the illness, and you should only take medication to lower the temperature if it is way too high, say above 39°C.
Then again, I'm not in the medical profession, this is just my personal opinion.
The UK argument above is against taking NSAIDS, as they can reduce the flow of blood and reduce clotting capabilities.
The general consensus among the artiflcles would be manage pain without altering blood chemistry, none of it really has a linkage to fever. Viruses don't like heat, but the fever is generally more harmful than not. The body has a limited tolerance to temperature increase (heat stroke occurs at 104f, brain death at 114).
NSAIDs: naproxen/naproxen sodium/Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil, diclofenac/voltaren/pensaid/fluorac
Non-nsaid: acetaminophen/Tylenol/paracetamol, codeine, hydrocodone
Tl;Dr if fever is manageable, treat the symptoms. If fever goes above the danger threshold, use antipyretics.
Super tl;Dr call the nursing line from your local hospital to get actual medical advice.
gronostaj190375dIf my memory serves at 42°C you'll have irreversible damage, so keeping it at 40°C or below would be wise.
yellow-dog4743675dIf you are above 39c, take them, you die from constant high core temperature.
Nanos942575dThank you all for your sensible answers.
I guess the question now is, what temperature should one aim for when trying to fight off an infection.
I wonder if anyone has recorded values for when folk use the old method of sweating out a fever by keeping warm ?
I'm reminded the other day someone I know left their mattress heating blanket on over night and woke up in the morning sweating badly, but their flu was much better that day !
So far, not really found the answer there.