I would give them what they wanted to drink because of fever. The lungs are trying to rid themselves of the virus and blockages by coughing. If the lungs are filling with fluid decreasing the amount of fluids will not help because the body will take all the fluid it needs to try to rid the lungs of the virus and the buildup of mucus. Keeping them on the dry side may do more harm than good.I recall when the SARS epidemic was a concern that a nurse recommended keeping the patient "on the dry side". I took that to mean don't push the fluids. Maybe because of the potential for fluid perfusion to the lungs. Anyone have any thoughts on that?