In studies so far, it cuts the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. And it reduces the risk of death by a fifth for those on oxygen.
The low-dose steroid is relatively cheap and easy to make. And the drug could make a life-saving difference to Coronavirus patients around the world.
The UK has is ordering 200,000 doses for the NHS. And they believe it could make a huge impact on the Coronavirus pandemic.
How it works
The drug helps reduce inflammation in a range of conditions including arthritis and asthma. And when it’s used for Covid-19 patients, it helps stop the body’s immune system going into overdrive.
In the worst cases, the body reacts too strongly to the Coronavirus, creating a cytokine storm that overwhelms the body. This over-reaction can be deadly, but the low-dose steroid helps calm the immune response.