New Trial Indicates Common Drug Significantly Reduces Coronavirus Deaths

In a major breakthrough against the coronavirus, a new trial is indicating that a common drug significantly reduces coronavirus related deaths.

According to The Hill:

A clinical trial in Great Britain has found that a cheap, widely available drug reduces deaths from coronavirus in severely ill patients on ventilators by one-third, which researchers hailed as a significant breakthrough.

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The drug, a steroid called dexamethasone, was found to reduce deaths among coronavirus patients on ventilators by one-third and by one-fifth among patients receiving oxygen only. There was no benefit among patients not on ventilators or receiving oxygen.

“Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19,” said Peter Horby, a professor at the University of Oxford and one of the chief investigators of the trial. “This is an extremely welcome result.”

“Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide,” he added.

A Harvard researcher noted that this is good news but said that all of the data was not released and cautioned making a solid conclusion on the results.

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