18-year-old says new coronavirus breakthrough treatment saved her life

Jennifer Savin
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From Cosmopolitan

An eighteen-year-old woman, Marium Zummer, who was admitted to Bradford Royal Infirmary with serious coronavirus symptoms, has praised a new drug that proved effective in her recovery – giving hope to others. Heartbreakingly, she lost her grandfather to the disease earlier this year.

Zummer took part in a drug trial for Dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available medicine, which research has since shown cuts COVID-19 deaths by a significant amount. This is really exciting news for scientists who've been working hard to find a cure for the infection (as well as a vaccine) that has so far claimed over 40,000 lives in the UK alone.

Speaking about her experience with BBC Breakfast, Zummer explained that shortly after her hospital admission she met with a clinical researcher who told her about the drug that went on to save her life.

"I did unfortunately contract coronavirus and I was taken to the hospital 10 days after being really poorly, to find out it was coronavirus. Dr Saralaya [who ran the trial] came visit me on the first or second day I was there and he told me a bit about this drug.

"I didn't really understand what it was about but once he explained and I read this leaflet he gave me - he spoke to my dad as well - I signed and had that medication every day while I was in the hospital."

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She added that she spent a total of a week in Bradford Royal Infirmary, "I can say it was a lifesaver. Dr Saralaya said to me 'In a week you will hopefully be home', and a week later, I did come home."

Zummer also expressed her joy at being chosen to take part in the trial, which saw her recover. "This trial has proven to be a lifesaver, so I'm delighted I was chosen."

Other exciting recent research on preventing coronavirus from spreading suggests that a simple bottle of mouthwash could be a good tool for killing the infection, but more studies need to be done.

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