Steroid treatment is effective in lowering deaths due to COVID-19



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Strong evidences have been found that severely ill patients with COVID-19 are less likely to die if they are given steroid-based COVID-19 drugs. A preliminary study reported that the steroid dexamethasone minimized the number of deaths in COVID-19 patients who were on ventilators. Scientists of the University of Bristol, UK did a meta-analysis on the pooled data from seven clinical trials conducted on severely ill patients. These trials include more than 1700 patients from 12 countries. The participants were randomly assigned the steroid and placebo and were analyzed for 28 days. The scientists found strong evidences of lowering deaths due to COVID-19 in case of steroid treatment of severely ill patients. The scientists suggest that steroids should be part of standard treatment for severely ill patients with COVID-19. The detailed study is published in the Journal of American Medical Association after peer review.


Source: J. Am. Med. Assoc.; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2020.17023; 2020