International news have reported the use of dexa-meth-sone as a major breakthrough drug to fight Covid-19. The BBC News noted two days ago that the the, “drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.” Reports are that it could cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and for those on oxygen, by a fifth. In today’s session of Ask the Experts, Dr Manzanero spoke on this report.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: ‘I read a BBC article about Dexamethasone being used in severe cases of COVID-19.’ Yeah that’s the use of steroids. The use of steroids in critically ill patients is always going to be almost a flip of the coin. It’s used in septic patients and also if you go back and review the literature two, three months ago there was an article about the use of steroids and how potentially dangerous it would be and the higher mortality associated with the use of steroids in COVID-19 patients so now we’re seeing the opposite being reported. Again that’s the first note we’re seeing in that ,we need to look at the scientific literature behind that before we can say that in point of fact it is a game changer. Again things change so drastically with COVID-19 that next week we could be seeing something else being reported.”
According to the BBC News, the UK government has two hundred courses of the dexa-meth-sone drug in its stockpile and that they will make it available to patients.