And the science is unanimous: despite what you’ve heard about Ivermectin, it is NOT a miracle cure for Covid-19. The antiparasitic drug for animals has been touted on social media as an effective treatment for Covid-19. Some politicians lobbied for its use too. Last week a man was arrested for trying to smuggle the drug into SA. But the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, the body which approves of medicines in SA according to strict scientific rules, has not approved it for human use. It’s mostly for animals, and only rarely allowed to be prescribed to patients with scabies or head lice. And as News24 reported, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has also advised against using it for the virus. Let’s stick to the science, folks.
This brief was originally published in The Wrap here.