- Scientists have already found a “life-saving” drug against the novel coronavirus disease
- The medicine works for patients with severe cases of infection or those who need respiratory support
- One out of three deaths can be prevented even with low doses of dexamethasone
- However, the said drug does not work on people with mild cases of COVID-19 infection
Dexamethasone, a generic steroid drug, has been hailed as the first “life-saving” drug against the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
KAMI learned that based on the trial data released on Tuesday, the use of the said medicine can prevent one of three deaths among patients who are on ventilators.
For infected individuals on oxygen, the drug can prevent one death out of five.
Scientists described the development as a “major breakthrough” since even low doses of the said drug can help prevent someone from succumbing to the dreadful disease.
GMA News shared through a recent report the statements made by several people who are co-leading the trial.
"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," Martin Landray stated.
"The only drug that's so far shown to reduce mortality - and it reduces it significantly," Peter Horby also said.
Meanwhile, BBC News reported that the “life-saving” drug is only suitable for infected patients who are already in the hospital and receiving ventilation.
It said that dexamethasone does not work on patients with mild cases of infection or those who do not need to receive respiratory support.
In a previous article by KAMI, a COVID-19 vaccine candidate received approval to proceed to the second phase of clinical trials.
The novel coronavirus disease is considered as one of the most fatal and contagious health crises ever. As of June 17, there are already 8.3 million confirmed cases of the virus around the world. Almost half a million has died from it.
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