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Frontline: Dr Brian Kinirons, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Galway University Hospital. Photo: Andrew Downes

Frontline: Dr Brian Kinirons, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Galway University Hospital. Photo: Andrew Downes

Frontline: Dr Brian Kinirons, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Galway University Hospital. Photo: Andrew Downes

Seriously ill Irish patients with Covid-19 are benefiting from an inexpensive steroid drug that has been around for decades and linked to improved survival from the deadly virus, a leading specialist has revealed.

Dr Brian Kinirons, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care at Galway University Hospital, said the simple steroid Dexamethasone was now commonly administered to patients with Covid-19 who were on ventilators in intensive care.


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