Aug 28, 2021 08:27PM
Aug 28, 2021 08:28PM
I think I saw a question above, the gist of which was -how can people who mistrust the vaccine trust a horse de-wormer.
A few thoughts - I'm not an Ivermectin advocate but first, Ivermectin is an approved anti-parasitic medication for use by humans, both here in the USA and worldwide. It is also used in animals and the animal version is over the counter, unlike the human version.
Ivermectin, to my knowledge, first became associated with COVID therapy because reports from India and Argentina indicated that it *might* be effective. I just visited clinicaltrials.gov and did a search for
Condition: COVID 19
Other terms: Ivermectin
And a bunch of results come up from around the world. If I narrow the search to United States, I still see current trials that are currently recruiting. So, the idea that an anti parasitical medication *may* possibly be effective is perhaps not that far fetched?
At least, some researchers think it's a hypothesis worth falsifying. That is what science does.
Again, I'm not advocating or agreeing with Ivermectin-for-COVID advocates, whom I believe are misguided at best and unscrupulous at worst. I'm just saying, this is where the idea came from.
So anyway, why are some people taking it in the veterinary formula? Because it's over the counter.
When you can't get a doctor to prescribe what you want, or can't afford it, you do what you feel is necessary.
The sad reality is...it is fairly common for uninsured people to take veterinary medications if they can't afford prescription pharmaceuticals . I know someone who ordered veterinary antibiotics off Amazon because she couldn't afford to see a doctor. Wasn't me...I wouldn't do that. The worst I've ever done was use an old tube of toradex (eye antibiotic) on my infected finger. My point is - it might not be the first time taking vet meds for some of these people, out of necessity. And see also, the aforementioned dog dewormer.
They fear the vaccine but they don't fear a simple generic drug that they know hasn't killed their livestock. That, I believe, is the logic.
I think it's better to try to understand people's fears and motivations rather than scoff at them. Not saying anyone here does that...I do see a lot of it on social media though. If people in power want to overcome vaccine hesitancy, understanding and clear unbiased information, should be the message.
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