Popular Podcast Host Uses Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

 A popular podcast host who has previously downplayed the importance of vaccines announced in a video posted to social media that he had recently contracted COVID-19. In the video, he claimed to be feeling great after taking a cocktail of medications, including monoclonal antibody therapy and the anti-parasitic ivermectin. This comes after weeks of influential social media users touting ivermectin as a COVID-19 miracle drug. The claims that ivermectin is an effective preventative or treatment measure for COVID-19 are based on specious evidence. Many of the studies used to back up the claims were found to be poorly conducted and, in the case of a frequently-cited large study and a meta-analysis, have been retracted. A study that analyzed results from random, controlled trials of ivermectin for COVID-19 (the gold standard of clinical scientific research) concluded that “evidence on efficacy and safety of ivermectin for prevention of SARS‐CoV‐2 infection and COVID‐19 treatment is conflicting.” 

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