Even if there is no cure for Corona, some drugs can reduce mortality by a good third.
The immune system reacts to an infection with the coronavirus as it does to severe blood poisoning. Although medication can only alleviate symptoms, studies have shown that it can significantly reduce mortality.
The intensive care physician Bernhard Rössler from the Vienna General Hospital was a guest on this topic in the Ö1 lunch journal. “We see that certain drugs can help the same patient on one day and no longer on the other, then the time has passed, so to speak, and the benefit of a drug can no longer be produced,” he said.
Immediately after the virus first enters the host’s body, antiviral drugs such as the Ebola drug Remdesivir help. However, it usually only makes sense to use it in the very first phase, in which the infected person and the medical professional cannot yet determine the disease.
The immune system reacts as we see it in severe sepsis, severe blood poisoning,” explains Rössler. In the worst case, this could lead to organ failure.
The cortisone-like dexamethasone is used.