WHO Updates Corticosteroids Can Reduce Mortality Rates of COVID-19



WHO published guidance for clinical care with corticosteroids recommendations. In this guidance, they give two strong recommendations for the use of corticosteroids for COVID-19 patients.


Recommendation 1: “We recommend systemic corticosteroids rather than no corticosteroids for the treatment of patients with severe and critical COVID-19. (strong recommendation)”

Recommendation 2: “We suggest not to use systemic corticosteroids in the treatment of patients with non-severe COVID-19. (conditional recommendation)”


*Systemic corticosteroids are given orally or by injection and distribute throughout the body.


A meta-analysis of 7 randomized trials showed that corticosteroids can reduce death rates among severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients. In a tremendous demonstration of global collaboration, clinician-scientists have pooled data from 121 hospitals in eight countries to find the inexpensive, widely available steroids improve the odds that very sick COVID-19 patients will survive the illness.


What is corticosteroid?

Corticosteroids are a class of drugs that lowers inflammation in the body and sometimes it is used to decrease the inflammation due to autoimmune disease and prevent this damage. It resembles cortisol (one type of steroid) that regulates a metabolism and immune response in our body. (Corticosteroids are also very cheap)




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