Dexamethasone can reduce the death rate from COVID-19
Dexamethasone a cheap steroid drug can reduce the death rate from COVID-19. Oxford University researchers revealed that The cheap and widely used dexamethasone can reduce the risk of death for people infected with the novel coronavirus requiring ventilators by one third if it was previously used. This drug since the beginning of the outbreak. It will save more than 5000 patients.
Usually, dexamethasone , which is a steroid drug used. to relieve allergies or to reduce severe inflammation and use to treat certain diseases caused by immune disorders, which must be diagnosed and prescribed by a doctor
This drug makes it better in most patients.
But some people still need a ventilator. Researchers tested the drug on about 2,000 hospitalized patients, compared with 4,000 who did not receive the drug. The results showed that it lowered the risk of death in assisted patients. Breathing from 40% to 28% for those who only breathe through the oxygen tube. This drug reduces the mortality rate to 25%.
Dexamethasone reduces inflammation in many ways. It helps to stop the damage caused by the body’s overworked immune system. When trying to fight the corona virus.
Professor Martin Landrey, lead researcher, said: The results of the study showed that for every 8 patients who used ventilator This drug can save the life of one infected person.
He said the most important thing is that it’s cheap and can be found in almost every country. The cost of using this drug is about 10 days, one patient costs only £5. Therefore, he thought that the various hospitals. This drug should be given to the patient immediately. However, people should not buy the drug to eat on their own. This is because it is ineffective for people with mild symptoms who do not need a ventilator.
Serpatip Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said: This discovery was the big news of the day. Treatment trials have shown that Dexamethasone is the first drug to reduce death rates from COVID-19.