Amid the very divisive debate on the COVID-19 precautions, a drug that supposedly cures the virus has emerged! It is called Ivermectin, and it is originally meant for horses as an anti-parasite infection drug!
With that being said, how have so many decided that a horse de-wormer is a better solution than taking one of the vaccines or wearing a mask?
At this point, there is little scientific proof that this drug has any positive effects in people against the COVID-19 infection or otherwise but in spite of this, many still think it is highly effective.
Furthermore, critics of this odd practice have pointed out that there are many cases in which Ivermectin has caused real harm.
But if you are wondering what this drug really is and how it’s come to be considered a COVID-19 cure, here are all the details we know at this moment.
First of all, as mentioned before, Ivermectin is a drug made to heal a number of infections caused by parasites in horses, such as river blindness and intestinal issues caused by roundworms. But that’s not exactly all!
Yes, this means that it is made for human use as well and in fact, many refugees coming to the US are encouraged to take it as a ‘precautionary measure.’
However, the confusion and the outrage over this drug is still justified since the people who claim it works in treating COVID-19 have taken the animal version as it is so much more readily available than the prescription-based one that is actually made to treat parasite infection in humans.
There has been more and more interest in purchasing this drug to the point that a feed store in Las Vegas is now demanding buyers to provide them with a picture of their horses as proof that they are horse owners in an attempt to stop people from taking it themselves or feeding it to their children.
Even so, some hospitals in Oklahoma have reported an increase in patients coming in after taking horse ivermectin.
The Food and Drug Administration was also quick to release a statement warning the public against using this drug in the battle against COVID-19.
Drugs meant for animals are formulated differently from those meant for people, one of the key differences being the much higher doses that can really harm humans.
Regardless, the FDA announced that they are currently studying the potential effects human Ivermectin may have when it comes to pandemic efforts.
‘The FDA has not reviewed data to support use of ivermectin in COVID-19 patients to treat or to prevent COVID-19; however, some initial research is underway,’ the statement that warns against taking it at this time, reads.
Many anti-vaccination proponents, including some big names such as Joe Rogan, still insist that it is safe and efficient in battling COVID-19 even though there is no evidence to support that.
The comedian and podcaster recently tested positive for the virus and claims he has employed Ivermectin and some other, more reliable drugs to fight it off.
He has, in the past, encouraged young people not to get the vaccine, insisting that the youth should just rely on their immune systems with no help since they are at a lesser risk than elders.
The bottom line is that there is no evidence that it works since this drug is not formulated to fight viral diseases of any kind and instead, it is meant for parasitic infection, and you certainly should not take the version meant for horses as it could seriously put you at risk of poisoning.