Thanks toThe Recovery Trial,there is some good news on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. As one of the largest efforts currently assessing which drugs can be used to treat the disease, they are at the forefront of discovery.
A low dose treatment of the steroid dexamethasone appears to reduce the risk of death by 33% for patients on ventilators. For patients on oxygen, the risk of death is cut by 20%. The BBC reports that if the drug had been used to treat high-risk UK patients from the onset, over 5,000 lives could have been saved. While full trial data has not been released, several members of the scientific community have called the results a major “breakthrough.”
Unfortunately, the steroid doesn’t prevent transmission. It can only help those teetering on the brink of lung breakdown, a point which you don’t want to reach. It also seems to assist in stopping some of the damage inflicted by the immune system when it goes into overdrive to fight off the virus. The treatment involves up to 10 days of dexamethasone, according to lead researcher Prof Martin Landray. This drug is also incredibly cheap, costing only around $43 US to save a person’s life. The Recovery Trial has also studied the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. Once trumpeted nationally by President Trump, hydroxychloroquine has been abandoned as a potential treatment due to the issue of increased fatalities and heart problems.
There is still more exciting news! A study backed by the World Health Organization has discovered a way to reduce transmission of COVID-19 by up to 85% - it’s called wearing a mask! Additional study within health care settings found that N95 respirators are 96% effective at protecting workers and surgical masks were 77% effective.
There seems to be a great deal of conflicting research out there, but that’s because this virus is so new that people learn more about it every day. A month ago people were saying that masks were only slightly efficient at preventing spread. Now, we’ve found that they actually do impede the virus, especially if both the spreader and the potential catcher are wearing a mask.
Remember, new data comes out every week and it’s much better to be safe than sick with coronavirus. Wear your mask when you go out and encourage your friends to wear theirs. It wouldn’t hurt to give a NuMask to any friends or family members that have issues wearing the less comfortable, less reusable, and less secure surgical masks. Don’t forget to change your filter every week for optimum protection and try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people, especially after the Fourth of July festivities. Stay safe and stay healthy NuFriends!
Written by Alyssa Sanders