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COVID symptoms may be stopped by baby aspirin – Deseret News

A new study suggests low-dose aspirin may help people avoid worst COVID-19 symptoms and side effects, USA Today reports.

  • The study — which comes from researchers at George Washington University — reviewed data from 412 patients who went to the hospital for COVID-19 from March to July in 2020.
  • Close to 24% of the patients took aspirin seven days or less before they were admitted to the hospital, or within 24 hours after they were admitted, according to the study, which was published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.
  • More than 40% of the patients saw their symptoms improve compared to those who did not take any version of the drug, according to the study.
  • “Aspirin may have lung-protective effects and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, ICU admission and in-hospital mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients,’’ the report said.

But remember — the researchers said that “a randomized controlled trial would be needed to establish a causal relationship,” per USA Today.

What about aspirin for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people should speak with their doctors about taking “ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin or antihistamine” if they have constant pain or discomfort from the vaccine.

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