COVID-19 urgent update for those dealing with the infection directly or caring for them
Starve a cold and feed a fever. I've never been quite sure of the applicability of that phrase. But a new apparent urgency has been given to fever management of COVID-19 patients.
Do use antifinlammatories. Antiinflammatories are of two classes: Steroidal and non-steroidal. The commonest steroidal agents used in medicine are cortisol (hydroxycortisone), and prednisone, and prednisone. Other brand names also, such as Decadron (dexamethasone), Branded betamethasone, etc.
Non-steroidal antiinflammatories, NSAIDs, mimic steroid hormone-related drugs, without being complete replacements for steroids. They are thus less potent but only somewhat less likely to produce adverse medical effects as the hormone-derived antiinflammatories.
(chemical) Antipyretics reduce fever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID but does reduce fever.
Fever plays a biological purpose, to enable the body's immune system, especially cellular ones, to function more efficiently. Yes, fever makes most people feel awful but it has survival value, both long-term, as a species, and on the individual level.
Consider that sweat baths, hot showers, etc. are often considered soothing, helpful or innervating. So response to fever is often considered by some to be pleasant. In the case of COVID-19 fever is likely beneficial occurring to recent observations. A clear cut brief recitation of this point is made on Dr. John Campbell's March 16 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuWo5lmWuZI
If you need to cool off, consider the following:
external application of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol (called rubbing alcohol precisely for its antipyretic actions)
Internal (ethyl) alcohol in large quantities, especially when chronically consumed, depress the auto immune system.