Elaf from Beirut: A new study has found that millions of people who take a cholesterol-lowering drug may be less likely to die from the emerging coronavirus.
And the Guardian newspaper reported that the study published in the journal PLOS Medicine showed that the drug “statin”, one of the most popular drugs in the world, can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, and its use was associated with a slight decrease in the risk of death for people with corona.
The study used Swedish data, where the Karolinska Institutet followed 963,876 Stockholm residents over the age of 45 between March and November 2020, to examine the relationship between medication and the risk of death from Covid.
“Overall, our findings support continued use of statins for conditions such as cardiovascular disease and elevated blood lipid levels in line with current recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said co-author, Victor Ahlkvist, of the Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Global Public Health. .
Further studies are needed
The researchers warned that further studies will be needed to confirm whether there is a causal relationship between the drug and the lower death rate in people with corona.
Tim Chico, professor of cardiovascular medicine and honorary consultant cardiologist at the University of Sheffield, who was not involved in the study, said it was not yet clear why statins might help Covid patients.
He said, “Corona can cause very severe lung infections, and it can also cause inflammation in the blood vessels,” and added, “Because statins reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, there has been a lot of controversy about whether this has an effect against corona.”
Although more studies are needed to confirm this, the researchers noted that people who were prescribed a statin were less likely to die from corona.
The Corona virus has caused the death of 4,870,405 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019.