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Scientists discover old drug can save lives of Covid-19 patients

Scientists from around the world have hailed as major breakthrough, a cheap and widely available drug that can save lives of severely ill Covid-19 patients.

The low-dose steroid treatment Dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say.
The drug is part of  the worlds biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for Coronavirus.
It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.
Had the drug had been used to treat patients in the UK from the start of the pandemic, up to 5,000 lives could have been saved, researchers say.

The UK government has 200,000 courses of the drug in its stockpile and says the NHS will make Dexamethasone available to patients.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was a genuine case to celebrate “a remarkable British scientific achievement”, adding: “We have taken steps to ensure we have enough supplies, even in the event of a second peak.”
Chief Medical Officer for England Prof Chris Whitty said it would save lives around the world.
About 19 out of 20 patients with coronavirus recover without being admitted to hospital.
Of those who are admitted, most also recover but some may need oxygen or mechanical ventilation.
And these are the high-risk patients Dexamethasone appears to help.
The drug is already used to reduce inflammation in a range of other conditions, including arthritis and skin some conditions.
And it appears to help stop some of the damage that can happen when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight off coronavirus.
Source :Business Day
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