Experts have finally found a ‘cheap and widely available’ drug that can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with Covid-19.
UK experts told the BBC that the low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the world’s fight against the new coronavirus.
They found out that the drug cuts the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators; while for those on oxygen, it cuts death by a fifth.
Research suggests that had the drug been used earlier, up to 5,000 patients could have been saved.
Dexamethasone is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they can also be used to treat Covid-19.