COVID-19: Dexamethasone proves 1st life-saving drug Jun 17, 2020 0 7339 12345 AFPParisDexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in what scientists in the United Kingdom have hailed as a “major breakthrough”.“Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19. This is an extremely welcome result,” said Peter Horby, professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.Researchers led by a team from the University of Oxford administered the widely available steroid dexamethasone to more than 2,000 severely ill COVID-19 patients.Among those who could only breathe with the help of a ventilator, dexamethasone reduced deaths by 35 percent. “Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.” About 19 out of 20 patients with coronavirus recover without being admitted to hospital. Of those who are admitted, most also recover but some may need oxygen or mechanical ventilation.Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said patients would start to receive the drug immediately.“Based on these results, one death would be prevented by treatment of around 8 ventilated patients or around 25 patients requiring oxygen alone,” a University of Oxford statement said. RELATED ARTICLES Qatar wins historic WTO ruling against Saudi beoutQ piracy Jun 17, 2020 0 5554 Qatar 2022 will unite the world once COVID-19 is defeated, says Thawadi Jun 17, 2020 0 6525 Qatar achieves sixth rank globally in 2020 economic performances Jun 17, 2020 0 1741 Amir condoles with Amir of Kuwait QNA Doha His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday sent a cable of condolences to HH Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah on the death of Sheikha Haya .. UEFA welcomes WTO decision The European Football Association (UEFA) has welcomed the decision of the World Trade Organization, which has condemned Saudi Arabia and the “beoutQ” channel for piracy. “UEFA welcomes the World Trade Organization .. FIFA acknowledges ruling FIFA has acknowledged the final panel report published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in relation to the activity of the pirate broadcaster known as ‘beoutQ’ and the active involvement and support that has been .. Amir greets Morocco king on successful surgery His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday held a telephone conversation with HM King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco. During the phone call, HH The Amir congratulated the .. Albania exempts Qataris from entry visa until November 30 Albania has decided to exempt citizens of Qatar from entry visa to the country during the period from June 10 to November 30, 2020. This was revealed by an official source in the Consular Affairs Department at the Ministry .. WTO gives Saudi 60 days to implement ruling Maryam Maged Abouzaid Doha The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in favour of Qatar on Tuesday has proved that Saudi Arabia has breached its obligations and allowed piracy operations from its territories, ..