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Govt allows Dexamethasone for moderate, severe Covid cases

Jun 27, 2020 20:27 IST

Dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely used steroid, was included in the treatment protocols for Covid-19 patients in moderate to severe stages of illness among other therapeutic measures by the Union health ministry on Saturday. According to WHO, the corticosteroid was tested in hospitalised patients with Covid-19 in the United Kingdom's national clinical trial and was found to have benefits for critically ill patients. According to preliminary findings shared with WHO, for patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one-third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one-fifth.

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