Asthma drug helps older people cope with Covid at home – study

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Inhaling budesonide found to shorten recovery for over-65s, and over-50s with underlying conditions

A relatively cheap, inhaled asthma drug helps older people struggling at home with Covid to recover three days faster, according to a landmark study.

A trial in people over 65, and over 50 with underlying health conditions, found that inhaling budesonide twice a day for two weeks shortened their recovery time and helped them stay well and feel better than those who were not given the drug in subsequent weeks.

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