Dexamethasone

It wasn't surprising when dexamethasone was found to be useful in treating severe COVID disease. One of the many puzzling symptoms of this "new" disease was an overreactive immune system and the inflammation it caused.

In medicine, the diffusion of innovation occurs over years. I have seen laparoscopic abdominal surgery (minimally invasive surgery) replace open surgery over 3 or 4 years in my clinical lifetime.

Last winter, extending into the early spring, the treatment for COVID-19 was at best ill-defined. All of our treatment protocols seemed ineffective, and healthcare teams tried everything under the sun to save lives.

The BBC reports, “low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say.” Before tossing aside your mask and booking