Covid-19 breakthrough: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

Researchers in the United Kingdom said they have the first evidence that a drug can improve Covid-19 survival.

The effect of dexamethasone was most striking among critically ill patients on ventilators. Those who were receiving oxygen therapy but were not on ventilators also saw improvement: their risk of dying was reduced by 20%.

Shortly after the results were released, the UK government announced that it had immediately authorised use of dexamethasone for patients hospitalised with Covid-19 who required oxygen, including those on ventilators.

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