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Aspirin for Colds And Flu And COVID-19

Aspirin for Colds And Flu And COVID-19

Fall and winter of 2020 are right around the corner. But this year they will be different.

Not only are cold and flu seasons about to arrive, but this time we will have a third force to reckon with. As we all know, it is the super-infectious COVID-19 virus.

Presently, health officials don’t how bad flu season will be. We can have a flu epidemic or even a pandemic. Flu pandemics are unpredictable.

How would the world be able to handle two pandemics (Twindemic) at the same time? It is not something the world is ready for.

If someone catches the flu, will his/her weakened immune system make them more vulnerable to COVID-19?

We must find ways to combat colds and flu amid this COVID-19 pandemic.

There is scientific evidence that the use of aspirin for colds and flu may be a viable way to combat them.

Aspirin For Colds And Flu

Aspirin for Colds And Flu And COVID-19

In an obscure study published in 2016, aspirin was shown to be super-potent against Influenza A H1N1 virus ( This virus has wreaked havoc throughout history and is the main culprit at causing flu pandemics), and all human rhinoviruses (HRV). (Most cold and flu-like illnesses are caused by HRVs).

The results of the 2016 study stated the following:

  • Aspirin was found to be highly effective against influenza A H1N1 virus…Aspirin demonstrated antiviral activity against all human rhinoviruses…

In this study, the scientists first diluted aspirin and then added it to cells and left them to cultivate for six days.

They then added influenza A H1N1 and rhinoviruses to these aspirin- diluted-cells to determine if the aspirin would inhibit these viruses’ replication.

The results of this experiment showed that aspirin reduced the Influenza A H1N1 infection by 71.1% 

When tested with the major rhinoviruses that cause colds, the results were also incredible.

For the rhinovirus strains, it reduced infection by:

  • HRV1A (A) – 48.7%
  • HRV2 (B) – 66.7%
  • HRV14 (C) – over 90%
  • HRV39 (D) – over 90%

Although this study is an in vitro, in this case, conducted on cells, other studieshowed aspirin could block influenza virus replication both in in vitro and in vivo

double-blind study conducted on people showed that one dose of 500-1000 mg of aspirin provided relief for numerous upper respiratory tract infections.

The use of aspirin for colds and flu should be considered for those that have no medical issues with taking aspirin.

Of course, always speak to your doctor to determine if you may have a condition that does not allow you to take aspirin.

Can Aspirin Help With COVID-19?

There is a lot of scientific evidence that Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA)(The chemical name for Aspirin) may be effective against COVID-19 in numerous ways.

First, COVID-19 appears to cause blood coagulation or blood clots in severely ill patients. There is also evidence that COVD-19 patients suffer from heart problems or myocardial injury.

Second, COVID-19 has been shown to cause a cytokine storm, an overreaction of your immune system trying to protect you. This sequentially causes inflammation-related symptoms that may affect numerous parts or organs of your body.

Aspirin is anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral.

According to this study, it stated the following:

  • It should be considered that among NSAIDs, ASA has multifaceted pharmacological properties, which could exert potential benefits and provide a rationale for its use as supportive therapy in COVID-19 patients. 
  • First, it may be useful for the relief of aspecific symptoms of COVID-19, due to its analgesic and antipyretic effects . 
  • Second, it may exert anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and antiviral effects, which altogether may be useful to inhibit the pathophysiological processes leading to the most severe clinical manifestations of COVID-19.”
  • Hence, ASA might reasonably be a therapeutic candidate to be tested in COVID-19.

Presently, numerous clinical trial studies are being conducted on aspirin for COVID-19.

The scientific community believes aspirin may help fight COVID-19.

Summary

Aspirin for colds and flu should be seriously considered if you have no adverse effects to it.

Cold and flu season is about to sneak upon us. COVID-19 will make this winter much more dangerous.

Get yourself ready for these respiratory viruses. People die or get severely ill from them. Don’t be one of them. Stay ahead, and you will not suffer.

The evidence shows that if you take aspirin for colds and flu, it will protect you.

Nothing is every sure-fire. However, we should always strive to put the odds in our favor.