Last weekend, a 28-year-old man died of coronavirus at his home in Nice, becoming the youngest victim of the pandemic in France.

A 28-year-old man died on Sunday of acute, rapidly developing respiratory distress. He was a carrier of coronavirus, according to Nice-Matin.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. It transpired that the patient had recently undergone surgery for a herniated disc, and was taking ibuprofen to relieve his pain.

However, taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone) can be a factor in worsening the infection. He became the youngest known victim on French soil, according to RTL France.

When questioned by Nice-Mati , Thierry Piche, doctor and president of the medical committee of establishment at the CHU of Nice, reiterated that the taking of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, many of which are sold over the counter, should be strictly supervised by a doctor.

Piche urged all hospitals and GPs to limit the use of anti-inflammatory medication due to the risk of the drugs affecting respiratory symptoms in patients with Covid-19.