June 16 2020 5:59pm

Coronavirus: Early study hails steroid as ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 drug

A cheap steroid called dexamethasone, which is used to reduce inflammation in diseases such as arthritis, has become the first drug shown to be able to save the lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists called a “major breakthrough.” Early results from a trial, led by a team from Oxford University, were announced in the U.K. on Tuesday, showing that dexamethasone reduced COVID-19 death rates by around a third among the country’s most severely ill infected patients.

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