Science: A cheap steroid is the first drug shown to reduce death in COVID-19 patients

Science: A cheap steroid is the first drug shown to reduce death in COVID-19 patients. “After months of dire news about the spread of the novel coronavirus and a mounting global death toll, a glimmer of hope arrived today: Researchers announced that dexamethasone, a cheap, widely available corticosteroid, significantly reduced deaths of severely sick COVID-19 patients in a major clinical trial. Although full trial data have not yet been released, several outside commentators hailed the result as a ‘breakthrough.’”

New York Times: Use of Dexamethasone to Treat Trump Suggests Severe Covid-19, Experts Say

New York Times: Use of Dexamethasone to Treat Trump Suggests Severe Covid-19, Experts Say. “President Trump’s doctors offered rosy assessments of his condition on Sunday, but the few medical details they disclosed — including his fluctuating oxygen levels and a decision to begin treatment with a steroid drug — suggested to many infectious disease experts that he is suffering a more severe case of Covid-19 than the physicians acknowledged.”

STAT News: Trump is receiving dexamethasone, a steroid usually given to patients with severe Covid-19

STAT News: Trump is receiving dexamethasone, a steroid usually given to patients with severe Covid-19. “Dexamethasone is generally reserved for patients who have serious disease. The National Institutes of Health’s treatment guidelines for Covid-19 say dexamethasone should be used only in hospitalized patients who are on ventilators or who require supplemental oxygen, and specifically ‘recommends against using dexamethasone for the treatment of Covid-19 in patients who do not require supplemental oxygen.’”