Good Morning Britain’s Dr Amir Khan has opened up about why men appear to be suffering from worse coronavirus symptoms than men.
Speaking to hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway, Dr Amir explained that the contraceptive pill, HRT, can be protective in boosting immunity.
A new study has suggested that women who are on the pill are less likely to develop serious coronavirus, which could help explain why men had worse symptoms.
This comes after previous studies of dangerous respiratory viruses, for example Mers and Sars, have pointed towards the importance of oestrogen.
“In my experience, the patients that I’ve seen with the worst symptoms tend to be men,” Dr Amir said. “The idea is that specifically can be protective.
“What it does it that it boost your immune system so your immune system reacts quicker when the virus takes hold and you get less of a severe response.
“So yes, potentially the contraceptive pill HRT can be protective in terms of boosting your immunity and protecting you against the serious signs and symptoms of Covid-19.”
The study conducted by King’s College London involved an analysis of more than half a million women between May and June.
Scientists were able to establish that women taking the combined oral contraceptive pill were 13% less likely to develop more serious symptoms.
However, there seemed to be a 22% higher risk for postmenopausal women.
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