Why is this research being done?
Your doctors have found, or suspect, that you have a lung disease called COVID-19. This condition is caused by a type of virus called SARS-CoV-2, or coronavirus for short.
About 19 out of 20 patients who get coronavirus get better without coming to hospital. Of those who are admitted to hospital, most also get better, but some may need oxygen or mechanical ventilation before they do so. However, a few percent do not get better.
This trial showed that dexamethasone (a type of steroid) reduces the risk of dying for some patients hospitalised with COVID-19. There are no drugs of proven value against COVID-19 although there are several others which may turn out to be helpful (or possibly harmful) when added to the usual standard of care. This study aims to find out whether any of these additional treatments are of any help.