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Steroids Cut COVID-19 Death Rates, But Not for Everyone—Here’s Who Benefits and Who Doesn’t  

Author:  Bryan McVerry.

Source: Volume 22, Number 01, Winter 2020 , pp.1-2(2)

Correctional Health Care Report

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New studies show that treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with inexpensive steroids can cut their risk of dying from the illness by a third. The World Health Organization now strongly recommends corticosteroids as a first-line treatment for the sickest patients. Steroids aren’t risk-free, however. They can have side effects, and they could do more harm than good in patients with milder cases of COVID-19. The author, a pulmonologist and critical care explains what people need to understand about steroids as a treatment for COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; Corticosteroids; Inflammatory Response

Affiliations:  1: University of Pittsburgh.

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