COVID-19 Thread 6/16/2020 (Steroid Dexamethasone Found in Trial to Reduce Risk of Death in Severe COVID-19 Cases))

Here’s an excerpt from an article on Yahoo News about results of a clinical trial carried out in the United Kingdom in which a steroid was used to treat people suffering with COVID-19:

‘A cheap steroid called dexamethasone has been found to reduce the risk of death by up to one-third among coronavirus patients with severe respiratory complications, University of Oxford researchers have said.

‘Scientists working on the Recovery Trial found the drug could benefit patients on ventilators or oxygen, but had no effect on those who did not need help breathing.

‘“Based on these results, one death would be prevented by treatment of around eight ventilated patients or around 25 patients requiring oxygen alone,” researchers said in a statement.

‘Matt Hancock, the health secretary, tweeted: “This global first exemplifies the power of science.”

“I’m absolutely delighted that today we can announce the first successful clinical trial for a treatment for Covid-19,” he added.’

Full article can be read here: