Patients with coronavirus could be 47% less likely to die if they take aspirin compared to those who don’t.
Experts have claimed that the painkiller can also reduce the chance of a patient being admitted to intensive care or being placed on a ventilator by 40%.
New findings from the University of Maryland School of Medicine analysed the medical records of 412 Covid-19 patients.
The participants had been treated for the virus in Baltimore as well as three other hospitals in the US.
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The study, published in the journal of Anesthesia and Analgesia, showed that around a quarter of patients had been taking low-dose aspirin before or just after they were admitted.
Usually they took the pills to manage heart disease.
The research team, led by Dr Jonathan Chow, found that those who took aspirin were 47% less likely to die in hospital from coronavirus compared to those who didn’t.
Plus, the team found that those taking daily aspirin were 43% less likely to be admitted to intensive care.
It also lowered the risk of the patients being put on a ventilator – by a whopping 44%.
The findings need to be confirmed through clinical trials.
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Dr Chow said: “If our finding is confirmed, it would make aspirin the first widely available, over-the-counter medication to reduce mortality in Covid-19 patients.”
The team said that there was no difference between patients taking aspirin and those who were not when it came to side-effects from the drug like bleeding.
Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system and increases the risk of blood clots in the lungs and heart.
Aspirin helps to stop the formation of clots by thinning the blood, which is why it’s used for those with cardiovascular disease.
In the study, Dr Michael Mazzeffi said: “Patients diagnosed with Covid-19 may want to consider taking a daily aspirin as long as they check with their doctor first.”
The researchers said that the tablets are not meant to be used as a preventative measure against the virus, but it could help those with underlying heart conditions from suffering complications from it.
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