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Dexamethasone announced life-saving drug by World Health Organization

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Dexamethasone announced a life-saving drug by the World Health Organization. This is a major breakthrough by British Scientists after the clinical study carried out on critically ill patients with COVID-19. The drug is widely available globally, it is cost-effective and is available for a long time. More details below.

Dexamethasone announced life-saving drug by World Health Organization

“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough.”

World Health Organization, 2020

The steroid drug Dexamethasone is available since the 1960s, the drug is used to reduce inflammation in many conditions. These conditions include inflammatory disorders and certain cancers.

The drug has only been proven successful in critically ill patients, not ones with milder disease. Critically ill patients include people who need oxygen or ventilators or hospitalization.

For patients on ventilators, it cut the risk of death from 40% to 28%.

BBC, 2020

For patients needing oxygen, it cut the risk of death from 25% to 20%.

BBC, 2020

The drug cost around £35 in the UK, and widely available globally.

BBC, 2020

Only take this with proper prescription and advice, be responsible and don’t think this is paracetamol or panadol.

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