Unplanned solution: contraceptive pill doubles as Covid control

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Unplanned solution: contraceptive pill doubles as Covid control

Studies have shown oestrogen helps fight respiratory viruses. Now it looks like it works for Covid-19 too

Henry Bodkin

Women on the pill are less likely to develop serious coronavirus, a study has found, helping to explain why men have suffered worse from the illness.

Analysis of more than half a million women during May and June by King’s College London has identified the crucial role of oestrogen in protecting against Covid-19.

Scientists established that those taking the combined oral contraceptive pill were on average 13% less likely to develop serious symptoms...

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