Merck is piloting a new pill to treat COVID patients. It’s good news in the sense that finally there’s an effort to treat the sick and not the healthy but there’s a weird part to this, too:
Merck has said data shows molnupiravir is not capable of inducing genetic changes in human cells, but men enrolled in its trials have to abstain from heterosexual intercourse or agree to use contraception. Women of child-bearing age cannot be pregnant and also have to use birth control.
I’d need to hear a lot more information about this aspect of the pill to feel good about it.