Coronavirus treatment breakthrough “will save thousands of lives”

Published on June 17, 2020 by

The first medicine that’s been proven to reduce deaths among people infected with coronavirus is expected to save thousands of lives.

Dexamethasone is a cheap steroid drug that has been in use for 60 years. A team at Oxford University has demonstrated that is significantly reduces deaths among people with Covid-19 who are on oxygen or on a ventilator.

The researchers looked at around 6,000 patients across the UK who were seriously ill on a ventilator or requiring oxygen. The drug cuts the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and by a fifth for those requiring oxygen.

The government’s chief scientific adviser says it’s a ground-breaking development and the drug is to be given to all Covid-19 patients who could benefit from it immediately.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh.

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