Steroids, The Game Changer In Covid-19 Care?
The New Indian Express Chennai|May 16, 2020
Short courses of corticosteroid may reduce mortality, ventilator need
Omjasvin MD

The medical community is still grappling without a definitive solution to deal with the COVID-19. Some experts, however, believe corticosteroids could be the game changer -- in saving lives of patients and speeding up recovery. An alumni of the Kilpauk Medical College, now working in the US, has found that short courses of the corticosteroid ‘methylprednisolone’, when administered to moderate to severe COVID-19 patients, reduce mortality and need for ventilators.

Doctor Mayur Ramesh is a 1993 batch student of the KMC. He currently is a specialist in infectious diseases and organ transplant, in Detroit. “We used to see 15-20 cardiac arrests in COVID-19 patients in our hospital daily,” says Mayur. “It was complete chaos. We then studied some data coming out of China, and came up with this pragmatic approach of treating patients with an early but short course of methylprednisolone.”

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