after numerous studies on the subject, WHO approves cortisone as a treatment

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In a report released on September 2, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the effectiveness of corticosteroids in fighting severe symptoms of coronavirus.

With the resurgence of coronavirus cases around the world, especially in India, which has overtaken Brazil (4.2 million for one and 4.1 million for the other), a series of studies are being carried out. And what to say in France, with a Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, who warned, on BFMTV, that "in the next fortnight, there will be an increase in the number of serious cases of hospitalization".

The World Health Organization (WHO) has therefore joined forces with the non-profit Magic Evidence Ecosystem Foundation, "in order to develop and disseminate COVID-19 drug treatment advice. WHO has also partnered with researchers from seven corticosteroid trials to conduct a prospective meta-analysis of randomized steroid therapy trials for COVID-19 ".

Today, the organization thus approves corticosteroids to treat "patients with a severe or critical form of Covid-19".

"Clinical studies have now made it possible to establish with great certainty that corticosteroid therapy can considerably improve the chances of survival for people with Covid-19. There is a 20% reduction in the risk of death so it’s spectacular. We use it absolutely on a daily basis. ", explains Professor Djillali Annane on the FranceInfo site.

But where are we with less serious patients?

Asked by FranceInfo, Doctor Hélène Entressengle, a general practitioner from Magny-les-Hameaux in Yvelines, explains "that besides paracetamol and vitamin C, there is not much else to give. Paracetamol is only for the symptoms, especially for pain and fever. Besides, if they don't have pain or fever, it's no good giving it to them, it's just for the symptoms. And in case of loss of taste and smell".

This validation is yet another recognition for a treatment that will help patients with the severe form of the coronavirus. The Minister of Health had already mentioned Dexamethasone as a promising drug to fight against the disease.

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