The HSE has refuted a fake news message going around social media about the coronavirus.

The fake message cites a “specialist” at Cork University Hospital, and claims that using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen and difene, exacerbates Covid-19.

The fake message had also suggested that people use physiotherapy as an alternative to treat the virus.

The Infectious Disease Society of Ireland also advised people to ignore the message.


CUH have also said that it is not true while Dr Colum Henry, Clinical Lead for the HSE, said it is generally agreed that there is no data to support the claims about not using non-steroidal inflammatory drugs.

He added that the ‘circular’ on the issue is not from Cork University Hospital.

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