Ivermectin is the medication for treating parasite infestations such as scabies, trichuriasis, ascariasis, head lice, and more. There has been a wave of misinformation promoting the idea that Ivermectin can even be used against COVID, and some people have misused the drug, according to Independent.co.uk. The same publication reveals that two deaths occurred in New Mexico, and they were linked to the administration of Ivermectin.
The two people who passed away were 38 and 79 years old, and they were hospitalized along with other 12 individuals who also took the drug. The two persons were also infected with COVID, and they tried to treat the disease with Ivermectin.
The FDA explains in an article on its website (fda.gov) why Ivermectin shouldn’t be used against COVID. The federal agency writes:
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.
The FDA also adds via its website:
The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalised after self-medicating with Ivermectin intended for horses,
Animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which can weigh a lot more than we do – a ton or more. Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans.
Therefore, trusting science and not conspiracy theories should always be a top priority.
According to worldometers.info, a total number of over 233 million infections with the COVID-19 disease occurred across the world since the first outbreak of the virus last year. The good part is that over 209 million patients had recovered.