Coronavirus Breakthrough: Dexamethasone, A Cheap Steroid Can Save Lives

Want to know the proven cheap treatment option for COVID-19? Read this article to know what scientists have found.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Jun 17, 2020Updated at: Jun 17, 2020
Coronavirus Breakthrough: Dexamethasone, A Cheap Steroid Can Save Lives

We all want this pandemic to end but it doesn’t seem to happen anytime soon. Scientists all over the world are working day and night to get the COVID-19 vaccine so that they can put a full stop on Coronavirus deaths. While the vaccine may take time to come, we have another good news for you! Scientists have found a cheap steroid which is a potential treatment for COVID-19. This inexpensive drug has come as a ray of hope. As soon as this pandemic strike, medical professionals are working hard to find possible care options to minimize the risk and provide maximal care to the affected patients. This breakthrough discovery is particularly helpful for people who aren’t financially-abled to bear the hospital bills.

Dexamethasone- Cheap Treatment For COVID-19

UK-based scientists conducted this trial which they named as ‘RECOVERY’. According to them, Dexamethasone drug is a breakthrough in Coronavirus treatment. Low doses of this drug can help in the recovery of COVID-19 patients. Hospitals should immediately start giving this drug to the patients to increase the recovery rate and prevent deaths. 

As per the trial done by the research team, giving low doses of Dexamethasone steroid drug to Coronavirus-positive patients admitted in the hospital made them recover fast. Also, this experiment found a massive reduction in the death rate by almost 30%. 

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Breakthrough Results

The scientists considered this to be a major breakthrough in Coronavirus treatment. The best thing is that dexamethasone is an inexpensive drug which anybody of any financial background can afford. Martin Landray who is a professor at Oxford University lead this trial. His statement reads: "This is a result that shows that if patients who have COVID-19 and are on ventilators or are on oxygen are given dexamethasone, it will save lives, and it will do so at a remarkably low cost." 

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Another researcher Peter Horby who was a part of this study said, “dexamethasone- a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation is the only drug that's so far shown to reduce mortality and it reduces it significantly. It is a major breakthrough.”

Currently, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. This development is of great help.

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