Nepal | July 05, 2020

Is Dexamethasone ‘the breakthrough’ in coronavirus treatment? Research says yes

Eureka! say UK Researchers

THT Online
Share Now:

KATHMANDU: At a time when there is no generally accepted treatment or vaccine for Covid-19, a team of researchers have made a claim that they’ve found what could be a breakthrough in treatment of the disease that has so far killed over 430,000 people across the globe.

British researchers on Tuesday said that Dexamethasone could save lives and bring down the number of deaths. The steroid which is widely available, in low-dose treatment, could cut down the risk of death from Covid-19, by one-thirds, for patients on ventilators and by a fifth for those on oxygen.

Results of the Ocfor trial, called RECOVERY, that were announced today said that the steroid which is used to reduce inflammation in other diseases produced the above-mentioned results.

And because it is an existing, easily available drug, this should be relatively cheap- which is a good news for all of the world. The drug, however, showed no benefit for the healthier patients.

Around 2,000 hospital patients were administered dexamethasone and compared with more than 4,000 who were not. The results were – for patients on ventilators, it cut the risk of death from 40% to 28% while for patients needing oxygen, it cut the risk of death from 25% to 20%.

“This is the only drug so far that has been shown to reduce mortality – and it reduces it significantly. It’s a major breakthrough,” Chief investigator of the trial, Professor Peter Horby said.

If it works, the per patient cost for a ten-day treatment using Dexamethasone could come around GBP 35 (as per the press release), that is around Rs 5300 in Nepal, which is affordable even for low-income families.

It can be used intravenously for ICU patients and in a tablet for less serious patients. The researchers have, however, advised against self-administration of the drug.

Half of Covid-19 who are put in ventilators do not survive. This drug could cut that by a third.

Note: The research is a controlled trial. However, the results, which have not been peer-reviewed as of date, are yet to published formally. The researchers have mentioned that they will publish the full details as soon as possible.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Locusts devour crops on 1,100 hectares

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Desert locusts have damaged crops cultivated on 1,100 hectares of land across the country. According to the Locusts Information Centre, eight districts have reported damage caused by locusts till date. Of them, Dang is the worst hit and Palpa the least. The locusts devoure Read More...

World Bank elevates Nepal to ‘lower middle income economy’

Country saw its GNI per capita rise to $1,090 in 2019, but economists says it doesn’t mean much in terms of development KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Nepal is now officially a lower-middle income country, an upgrade from its previous status as low income nation, according to the World Bank’s latest coun Read More...

Oli, Dahal in bid to save NCP unity

If the two co-chairs fail to act as per the spirit of the party unity document, maintaining party unity will be difficult  - NCP leader Mani Thapa KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) — Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli — held talks for thr Read More...

Kailali's Bhajani Municipality, Joshipur Rural Municipality inundated

KAILALI, JULY 3 Bhajani and Joshipur of Kailali have been inundated after floodwaters gushed into the settlements. According to eyewitnesses, many houses in Wards 2, 3, 6 and 8 of Bhajani Municipality have been inundated. Local Ganga Chaudhary said floodwaters from local Kandra and Kadha ri Read More...

Ministry develops guidelines for rehab centres

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has developed guidelines for operation of rehabilitation centres to ensure that vulnerable persons at the centres do not contract COVID-19. MoWCSC said the new guidelines would be effective until Nepal was declared coronavir Read More...

Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Paudel

Country pushed into crisis: Paudel

DAMAULI, JULY 3 Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel said sudden prorogation of the Parliament was unfortunate for the nation. “At a time when the nation is fighting a deadly disease, the decision to prorogue the Parliament has pushed the country further into the crisis,” said t Read More...

Holding centre in Khotang

KHOTANG, JULY 3 A 10-bed holding centre has been established in Diktel, the district headquarters of Khotang, for returnees. According to Chief District Officer and District COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre coordinator Shaligram Sharma Poudel, Nepali Army personnel and Red Cross staff jointly Read More...

Visit Nepal 2020 mascot, yeti

Former Visit Nepal secretariat seeks more budget from Tourism Ministry

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Even after the government has scrapped the secretariat of the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, the secretariat has submitted more unpaid bills to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Addressing a press meet today to unveil the ministry’s work progress dur Read More...