Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Dexamethas­one trial results confirm COVID-19 benefits but also risks


WASHINGTON, July 18 (AFP) - The keenly-awaited full results from a UK trial of the steroid dexamethas­one were published Friday, confirming its life- saving benefits for COVID-19 patients on ventilator­s but suggesting it may cause harm if given too early.

A total of 2,104 hospitaliz­ed patients were assigned to receive six milligram daily doses of the medicine for up to 10 days.

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