Just recently, BBC News published an article announcing that a lifesaving drug for coronavirus has been found. According to the article, the low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a ‘major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus as per UK experts’.
Moreover, the drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments.
The drug dexamethasone cuts the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cuts death rate by a fifth. The drug, according to experts, could be a huge benefit to countries where the coronavirus disease is rampant. Read all the details here: Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug, an article by BBC News.
“About 19 out of 20 patients with coronavirus recover without being admitted to hospital. Of those who are admitted to hospital, most also recover, but some may need oxygen or mechanical ventilation. These are the high-risk patients whom dexamethasone appears to help. The drug is already used to reduce inflammation in a range of other conditions, and it appears that it helps stop some of the damage that can happen when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight off coronavirus.
The body’s over-reaction is called a cytokine storm and it can be deadly.
In the trial, led by a team from Oxford University, around 2,000 hospital patients were given dexamethasone and were compared with more than 4,000 who did not receive the drug. For patients on ventilators, it cut the risk of death from 40% to 28%. For patients needing oxygen, it cut the risk of death from 25% to 20%,” excerpts from the BBC Article.