How People Came To Believe Ivermectin Can Treat COVID

With so many statements, posts, and sources of misinformation about ivermectin these days, the Washington Post took a look into when and why folks suddenly got the idea the lauded anti-parasitic medication could be used to treat COVID-19.

Back in the spring of 2020, health researchers in Australia studying the drug found it killed the coronavirus in a laboratory setting. BUT – the necessary amount needed to eradicate the virus was much higher than the amount approved for use in humans. In fact, it could be fatal.

The scientists were also quick to note that lab-based tests, where the virus and potential medicinal compounds are brought together in a petri dish, don’t replicate the complex interactions that could take place in the human body.

David Boulware, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of Minnesota, told the Post, “Just because it works in the lab doesn’t mean that it works in humans.”

Boulware added that the most reliable source of data available at this time comes from a study in Brazil, which hasn’t finalized its findings. Preliminary data apparently shows  ivermectin had a similar effect as the placebo – meaning taking the medicine was a wash.

Read the full article here.

The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.

Meanwhile, a study in 2017 found evidence that ivermectin use “showed a significant decrease” in testosterone levels as well as “a significant increase in sperm abnormalities.”

What we DO know, however, is 377 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the U.S. to date. And the vast majority of patients (over 90%) being hospitalized with the virus are unvaccinated.

The vaccines work. If you want to avoid COVID-19, get the shot.