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Scientists hail a Covid treatment ‘milestone’


An inhaled, widely available asthma drug shortens recovery time in people with coronaviru­s who have not been admitted to hospital, a new study suggests.

Researcher­s from Oxford University say the discovery is a “significan­t milestone” and that the drug, budesonide, is effective as a treatment at home and during the early stages of the illness.

Early treatment with the medication shortens recovery time by a median average of three days in those with Covid-19 who are at higher risk of more severe illness and are treated in the community, according to the research.

It is a safe, relatively inexpensiv­e and readily available corticoste­roid commonly used around the world in inhalers.

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