The biggest breakthrough yet, a £5 steroid “Dexamethasone” proves to be a life-saving drug. It is basically used for treating conditions like arthritis, immune system disorders, allergic reactions, etc. UK experts claim that this drug was found quite effective in patients on ventilators. According to BBC, this drug can cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and by fifth for patients on oxygen. This drug is also a part of the world’s biggest trial testing experimental treatments.
There are currently 8,148,164 cases worldwide, and over 439,800 deaths till now. The USA is on top of the list having 2,183,598 cases and over 118,300 deaths till now. Dexamethasone was found effective only on people with serious illness but was found ineffective on people having coronavirus with no or mild symptoms. This drug reduces your body’s natural defensive response and symptoms such as swelling and allergic reactions. This drug just became the world’s first drug to cure the incurable Coronavirus. The best thing about it is, it’s really cheap.
There is a clear, clear benefit. The treatment is up to 10 days of dexamethasone and it costs about £5 per patient. So essentially it costs £35 to save a life. This is a drug that is globally available.
‼️ Very, very good news. Dexamethasone, a cheap corticosteroid, greatly reduced death rates for people on respiratory support—35% for ventilator, 20% for O2—in a RANDOMIZED TRIAL. The FIRST drug to improve survival. This is why we try to delay the curve. https://t.co/HsPgHtA96a pic.twitter.com/LBMa9rszmz— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) June 16, 2020
This is the only drug so far that has been shown to reduce mortality – and it reduces it significantly. It’s a major breakthroughChief investigator Prof Peter Horby
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