In the UK, a drug called dexamethasone has been shown to be effective against coronavirus sufferers. The use of this drug has reduced the mortality rate of patients on ventilator by one third while the death rate of patients taking artificial oxygen has been reduced by 20%.
Doctors say if the drug had been given to patients at the onset of the epidemic in Britain, about 5,000 lives could have been saved.
In poor countries with a large number of Code 19 patients, this can be of great benefit.
About 19 out of 20 people infected with the corona virus recovered without going to the hospital. Most of those admitted to the hospital also recovered.
This medicine is usually prescribed to reduce inflammation in many diseases. The drug also appears to reduce damage to the body’s overactive immune system after coronavirus infection and to eliminate the virus.
The body’s overactive response to the virus is called cytokine and can be fatal.
During a trial supervised by experts from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, 2,000 coronavirus patients were given dexamethasone and then compared to 4,000 patients who had not been given the drug.
The experiment showed that patients on ventilators had a 40 to 25 percent reduction in their risk of death. Patients who needed oxygen had a 25 to 20 percent reduction in risk of death.
Scientists say that so far this is the only drug that has reduced the death rate and significantly reduced it. This is a great development.
Dexamethasone treatment for 10 days costs five pounds (approximately one thousand Pakistani rupees) per patient. This medicine is available worldwide.
Dexamethasone is not beneficial for people who do not have severe symptoms of corona virus. Doctors have advised patients not to take this medicine themselves