Ivermectin is not safe for treating or preventing COVID-19, reports Eduardo Medina of The New York Times. It is an anti-parasitic drug that is intended for livestock. Mississippi saw over two-thirds of calls to the local poison control center happen over the ingestion of Ivermectin. Intended for large animals such as cows or horses, it is heavily concentrated at a level toxic to humans. The FDA strongly recommends against taking Ivermectin for COVID-19.
Ivermectin is not the dangerous drug it is often described as, writes Wesley Smith of National Review. It has been falsely labeled a horse dewormer even though there is also a human version. When prescribed by a doctor, it can offer an effective buffer against COVID-19. It has already been used as such in several countries, such as Peru, which saw it contribute to a fall in deaths. Ivermectin is a potent medicine, which can be very effective in certain conditions.