Life saving drug won’t prevent you from getting Covid-19
JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Community Pharmacy Association of South Africa (ICPA) has raised the alarm after reports that people were buying dexamethasone to try and protect themselves against COVID-19.
The association said this medication cannot stop people from getting the coronavirus or any other infection.
It’s warning that taking dexamethasone could actually weaken a person’s immune system, making people more likely to pick up the virus.
A clinical trial led by researchers at Oxford University has was found that when administered intravenously in small doses, dexamethasone reduced death rates by around a third among the most severely ill coronavirus patients.