A steroid called dexamethasone reduced the death rate among hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 infections in a large clinical trial, U.K. researchers announced today (June 16). One caveat: The trial data have not been published and have not undergone scientific review.

Leaders of the U.K.-based study, known as the Randomized Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) trial, said that they will publish the data soon, The Associated Press reported. The trial included thousands of patients, 2,104 of whom were randomly assigned to receive 6 milligrams of dexamethasone per day for ten days, according to Stat News. Another 4,321 received standard care and served as a point of comparison for the treatment group.





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