Cheap anti-inflammatory steroids could save the lives of critically ill COVID-19 patients, the BBC notes . Scientists have proven the effectiveness of dexamethasone and hydrocortisone.
Observation of 1703 seriously ill patients showed: 40% died with standard treatment and 32% died with steroids. The studies were carried out only on the most difficult patients, the researchers agree. Known for: Steroids reduce inflammation and can calm the immune system.
They are already used for arthritis and asthma, as well as for some severe infections. Medications are not believed to help in the early stages of coronavirus infection, when symptoms include coughing, fever, and sudden loss of taste or smell. But as the disease progresses the immune system can spiral out of control damaging the lungs and other organs. The scientists used small doses. There is no evidence that larger doses would be more effectives.