Experts have advised the general public to avoid taking medication prior to coming into hospitals for coronavirus treatment.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information, Physician Dr. Upul Dissanayake said they have observed some coronavirus infected individuals having a tendency to take a variety of medications without a prescription before coming in for treatment.
He said there are various opinions and claims spreading via social media pertaining to medication for COVID-19 adding the only medicine recommended is Paracetamol.
Dr. Dissanayake said some patients had taken Dexamethasone, which is given to COVID patients receiving treatment at hospitals only when oxygen levels are lower than 94 percent in addition to other drugs.
He said if Dexamethasone is taken at early stages of the virus, the individual is at risk of developing multiple copies of the coronavirus within the lungs, which then results in major complications.
He said therefore Dexamethasone is not recommended for patients receiving treatment outside of hospitals.
Dr. Dissanayake requested COVID patients who are also suffering from long term non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure to continue with their regular medication as recommended by their doctors.
He requested the public to adhere to health guidelines and contribute to the COVID-19 mitigation effort.