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Trial shows cheap steroid could significantly reduce Covid-19 deaths – VIDEO

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Low doses of the generic steroid ‘Dexamethasone’, given to patients in hospital with Covid-19, has reportedly reduced death rates by about a third among those with the most severe symptoms, trial data showed yesterday. The results are being described as a “major breakthrough” by scientists conducting the UK-led clinical trial known as RECOVERY. They suggest the drug should immediately become standard care in patients treated in hospital with the virus.

“This result shows that if patients who have Covid-19 and are on ventilators or on oxygen are given Dexamethasone, it will save lives, and it will do so at a remarkably low cost.”

Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor, who is co-leading the trial, and his co-lead investigator Peter Horby, say Dexamethasone, a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation, is “the only drug that’s so far shown to reduce mortality – and it reduces it significantly.”

“It is a major breakthrough”

There is currently no approved treatment or vaccine for Covid-19, which has killed more than 446,000 globally.

SOURCES: Reuters | NDT News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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