YOU South Africa2 July 2020
The medicine, dexamethasone, helps prevent inflammation. Inflammation is the pain or swelling that occurs when the body fights an injury or illness.
The researchers administered the medicine to Covid-19 patients who were struggling to breathe and on ventilators or needed extra oxygen. Dexamethasone reduced deaths in patients on ventilators by up to one-third, saving one more out of every eight people on a ventilator than when dexamethasone wasn’t used.
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2 July 2020