Corona: According to the study, aspirin could “significantly” reduce the risk of infection

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A research team from Israel notes a promising effect of aspirin in connection with corona. It is not the first positive message about this drug.

  • According to one study, people who have Aspirin taking, a lower risk of dealing with the Coronavirus to infect.
  • Aspirin should difficult courses from Corona prevent can.
  • In addition, the Duration of illness Covid-19 can be up to three days shorter.

Tel Aviv – Once again Aspirin: According to recent studies, the active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) could reduce the risk of contracting the Coronavirus to infect. This is the conclusion reached by Israeli scientists from Leumit Health Services, the Bar-Ilan University and the Barzilai Medical Center. They published their findings in the specialist magazine “The FEBS Journal” (FEBS – Federation of European Biochemical Societies).

The research team had analyzed the data from 10,477 people who died during the first wave of the Corona-Pandemie were tested for Sars-CoV-2 in Israel between February 1 and June 30, 2020. The researchers found that healthy people who take aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease (i.e. regularly, but in low doses), up 29 percent lower risk have to deal with the Coronavirus to infect.

Aspirin is Bayer AG’s best seller – the pain reliever is cheap and can be bought without a prescription. But there are dangers involved in taking it.

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The proportion of people among those who tested positive for corona was “significantly lower” than among those who tested negative, according to a statement from the Bar-Ilan University. For those who were nevertheless infected with Sars-CoV-2, the duration of the illness was Covid-19 It is reported that it was two to three days shorter, depending on the individual health condition.

Aspirin lowers corona risk: results of the study “very promising”

Observing the possible beneficial effects of low-dose aspirin for the corona infection is preliminary, but it appears “very promising,” says Eli Magen from the Barzilai Medical Center, who led the study. Eugene Merzon from Leumit Health Services urges that the study results be examined in a larger cohort of people, including patients from other clinics and other countries.

It’s not the first positive news, too Aspirin in connection with the coronavirus: Last fall, a US research team from the University of Maryland in Baltimore published a study in the journal “Anesthesia & Anelgesia”, according to which taking aspirin had a positive effect on the Course of Covid-19 affects. It was not about a purely preventive effect, as in the Israeli study, but about an effect in an already existing disease. The researchers from the USA came to the conclusion that those treated with aspirin had a significantly lower risk of having one Intensive care unit to land and have to be ventilated.

However, it was not a regular clinical study, but a retrospective study. In retrospect, the researchers analyzed the course of the disease in almost 500 people who took aspirin independently of their Corona infection have taken regularly for other reasons. It turned out that Covid-19 was much milder in this group than in those who did not take the drug. For a real clinical study, the groups should have been put together in a targeted manner.

Corona study: aspirin helps ward off viral infections

According to an article in “medicalxpress”, other studies also show that Aspirin in vitro against RNA viruses (Sars-CoV-2 belongs to this group) and the adaptive immune system in the defense against Virus infections helps. Even without such knowledge, people used the drug more than 100 years ago during another major pandemic: the Spanish fluAccording to the medicalxpress report, aspirin was “very popular”.

ASA is a well-known active ingredient that was first synthesized in 1897. It belongs to the group of non-steroidal (and also non-cortisone-containing) anti-inflammatory drugs and is primarily prescribed as a remedy for pain and flu-like infections. Aspirin – the brand name has become synonymous with the active ingredient – has antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Because the active ingredient also prevents platelets from clumping together, millions of people around the world take it regularly as a “blood thinner” To prevent thrombosis and strokes.

Aspirin lowers corona risk: Do not swallow the drug in the long term without medical advice

ASA could possibly also have these properties Effect on Covid diseases unfold. Because severe courses can be accompanied by thrombosis; Studies have shown that the Sars-CoV-2 spike protein is able to stimulate platelets directly, which can lead to the release of clotting factors.

Acetylsalicylic acid also inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins, substances that promote inflammation, in the body. It is being discussed that the active ingredient could also prevent benign intestinal polyps from degenerating into cancer via this mechanism. In principle, a certain prophylactic effect in relation to cancer of the gastrointestinal tract is discussed; At a workshop at the German Cancer Research Center in January, an expert even recommended the preventive use of aspirin.

You should do so without medical advice drug but do not swallow permanently. Because even Aspirin has side effects and is not well tolerated by all people. Especially when taken regularly, it can damage the lining of the stomach and intestines and cause bleeding there. (Pamela Dörhöfer)

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