Cheap pill becomes breakthrough for seriously ill COVID-19 patients

Cheap pill becomes breakthrough for seriously ill COVID-19 patients

- A research team in the UK has discovered a miracle pill, Dexamethasone, that can save the lives of coronavirus patients

- The team said that the drug is actually a cheap steroid which before now is known for the treatment of arthritis

- So far, the British health ministry has approved the trial of the pill in hospitals

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Just when the world was resolving to come to terms with the notion that coronavirus is here to stay for a long time, signs of victory are beginning to spring up.

Some doctors in the United Kingdom (UK) have discovered a rather cheap steroid called Dexamethasone that has so far reduced death rates among persons infected with the virus, Reuters reports.

According to an Oxford University professor, Martin Landray, who is part of the research team for the pill, Dexamethasone is capable of saving the lives of coronavirus patients who are on ventilators at a very low cost.

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Landray specifically said: “This is a (trial) result that shows that if patients who have COVID-19 and are on ventilators or are on oxygen are given dexamethasone, it will save lives, and it will do so at a remarkably low cost. For less than 50 pounds ($63), you can treat eight patients and save a life.”

Going by the possibility projected by Landray, one death can be averted in every 25 COVID-19 patients on oxygen that are given the drug.

Cheap pill becomes breakthrough for seriously ill COVID-19 patients
Cheap pill becomes breakthrough for seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
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A co-researcher with Landray, Peter Horby, described the miracle steroid as “a major breakthrough.”

In response to this good news, the health ministry in Britain has already approved the use of the pill in hospitals with not less than 200,000 courses of the treatment made available.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Chinese government had begun clinical trials to test a drug for the coronavirus infection.

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A new antiviral drug called Remdesivir, which is aimed at infectious diseases such as Ebola and SARS, was to be tested in Beijing-based China-Japan Friendship Hospital to see if it would curb the new strain of coronavirus. This much was confirmed by a hospital spokeswoman on Monday, February 3.

Added to this, at a press conference held in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city on Monday, February 3, China's ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, assured that mechanisms were already in place to ensure that the virus was not only be curbed and controlled but also treated.

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