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New Landmark Study at UM School of Medicine Finds Aspirin Use Reduces Risk of Death in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients.


Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were taking a daily low-dose aspirin to protect against cardiovascular disease had a significantly lower risk of complications and death compared to those who were not taking aspirin, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Aspirin takers were less likely to be placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) or hooked up to a mechanical ventilator, and they were more likely to survive the infection compared to hospitalized patients who were not taking aspirin, The study, published today in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, provides “cautious optimism,” the researchers say, for an inexpensive, accessible medication with a well-known safety profile that could help prevent severe complications.

“This is a critical finding that needs to be confirmed through a randomized clinical trial,” said study leader Jonathan Chow, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UMSOM. “If our finding is confirmed, it would make aspirin the first widely available, over-the-counter medication to reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients.”

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Logical as it is prescribed as a preventative against clotting.

2greys in reply to Jaybird19

It was also part of my self medication whilst infected back in April, I upped my prescribed 75 mg/day to 150mg/day for the duration, knowing about the risk of micro clots.

Rattle in reply to 2greys

I was just thinking about that, found it very interesting to read about your self medication earlier. Seems to be a very sound decision

Will continue with mine then and put up with the bruises a little longer. Thanks

That has cheered hubbie and me up.

My son in law swears by a low dose of asprin along with vit c daily so this news will please him x

Although I haven’t been prescribed it I started on Asprin and VitD too, so hoping it helps if I should be unlucky to catch this blessed virus despite being so extremely cautious where I go.

Be carefull to only take a low dose of 75 mg/ per day, a dispersable tablet in a glass of water, which is what is prescribed.

It is also important to take with or directly after food as it can cause a stomach bleed on an empty stomach. Be aware that it can also cause thining of the skin and bruising. Also with perhaps some skin tearing of which which will need help from another person, no band aids either which can re-tear the skin, bandages only for a dressing. Tell your GP that you are taking it as well.

Thank you 2greys, much appreciated.

As it happens I am doing the above, except haven’t seen Doc recently so not mentioned to him yet, but will do. My mother was on them for several years, so fortunately made aware of some of the negative effects then.

If the queues weren’t so long now they’ve closed one of the blood testing depts at our local hospital I’d have had requested my VitD to be rechecked too, but decided to boost with daily dose at least until my next blood test.

A friend queued 1.75 hours two weeks ago, whereas we used to be literally in/out in half hour before. Certainly not progress merging depts for us now the weather has turned and needing to socially distance and queue in such heavy downpours of rain recently.

Not suitable for some people as the link describes,i was advised to stop taking it as i developed stomach ulcers that could only be attributed to taking them as advised by my gastro consultant.

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