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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources


Managing Fever



Paracetamol or ibuprofen can now be used

This information is sourced from NICE:

This rapid guideline is for managing Covid 19 symptoms including at the end of life

  • Fever is most common 5 days after exposure to the infection
  • Advise patients to drink fluids regularly to avoid dehydration (no more than 2 litres per day).
  • Do not use antipyretics with the sole aim of reducing body temperature
  • Advise patients to take paracetamol or ibuprofen if they have fever and other symptoms that antipyretics would help treat
  • Tell them to continue only while the symptoms of fever and the other symptoms are present
  • If using an NSAID they should take the lowest effective dose for the shortest period needed to control symptoms