MARCH 26, 2020

Can the pneumonia or flu vaccinations prevent me from getting COVID-19?

No they can’t because they are different. However if you are vaccinated against other illnesses you will have better overall health and will be less likely to catch COVID-19 or get as sick if you do. Scientists in several countries are working on a vaccine for COVID-19 but it will take many months at the minimum for it to be available.

Can you take ibuprofen if you have COVID-19?

Despite reports in the media that it might be unsafe to take ibuprofen if you have or may have COVID-19 there is no evidence that this is the case. WHO initially warned against this but have now said that there is no evidence of a problem. Having said that there are many people who should not take ibuprofen such as those taking certain blood pressure medicines, diabetics etc. Paracetamol is best to use if you have a temperature or general pain.

Are older people more likely to catch COVID-19?

No, however they are more likely to become seriously ill if they do contract it.

Will wearing a face mask stop me from catching COVID-19?

No. The only people who should wear a face mask are those who are sick so that they don’t transmit their germs to anyone else.