A readily available generic steroid may help patients fighting Coronavirus!
A good Coronavirus update is good news for everyone, especially because of the current state of the world. Researchers have provided just that with the announcement that a low-cost generic drug can help save lives.
Dexamethasone is a generic steroid, and research suggests it can cut lives lost to Coronavirus by a third. The drug was given as apart of the RECOVERY(Random Evaluation Of COVid-19 thERapy). Patients on a ventilator showed the most progress in the study, while not so severe patients showed the least.
According to BBC News- “In the trial, lead 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 get the drug. For patients on ventilators, it cut death risk from 40% to 28%. For patients needing oxygen, it cut death risk from 25% to 20%.”
One researcher of the study stressed how cheap and easy it is to treat patients with Dexamethasone.
“The drug itself is very widely available. It’s on almost every pharmacy shelf in every hospital, it’s available throughout the world, and it’s extremely cheap,” -Pete Hornby
As states in the US attempt to slowly get back to normalcy, coronavirus resurgence is a significant concern. Countries like China are dealing with spikes of the virus, and the world is watching closely.
While this latest update doesn’t address all patients fighting Covid-19, it gives hope for some. The media attention has shifted rightly so to the Black Lives Matter protest and riots. However, we should not forget that people are still dying from this virus.
What do you guys think of this Coronavirus Update? Will Congress act swiftly to approve Dexamethasone for treatment?
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