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Inexpensive steroid dexamethasone is the first drug to reduce deaths from covid-19

The investigators estimated that dexamethasone could prevent one death in about eight ventilated patients or one death in about 25 cases in which patients required supplemental oxygen. Foto: Gil Cohen-Magen

LONDON - An inexpensive steroid reduced deaths from coronavirus infection, helping some of the sickest patients with severe lung damage survive the illness, according to British clinical trial results announced Tuesday in a news release.

The 60-year-old drug, dexamethasone, is the first medication shown to increase people's chances of surviving covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. It reduced the risk of death for patients on ventilators by a third and cut the risk of death for patients on oxygen by a fifth, heartening news that drew widespread interest and hope...

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