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    Default U.K. Researchers Say They Have Found First Drug that Improves COVID-19 Surviva

    MARILYNN MARCHIONE /AP
    June 16, 2020

    Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients.
    Results were announced Tuesday and researchers said they would publish them soon. The study is a large, strict test that randomly assigned 2,104 patients to get the drug and compared them with 4,321 patients getting only usual care.
    The drug was given either orally or through an IV. It reduced deaths by 35% in patients who needed treatment with breathing machines and by 20% in those only needing supplemental oxygen. It did not appear to help less ill patients.

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    Oh wow, this is good! Been hearing so much cases and deaths increasing, its nice to hear a treatment that might improve covid survival. Hopefully further discoveries will be made for treatments against covid 19!

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    And, the best news is dexamethasone is readily available and very inexpensive, compared to the anti-viral drug--remdesivir. Dexamethasone is availble as a pill for about $63, compared to remdesivir, which is in low supply, must be injected, and a 5-day course of treatment can range between $2,300 to $3,100.

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