Health officials in Mississippi are urging people to avoid using the drug ivermectin as an alternative treatment for COVID-19. Now, I had to look up what ivermectin actually was, and it turns out it is a drug used to treat parasitic ringworms in livestock.
So, yes, rather than using a treatment that is promoted by the CDC or other health organizations — or getting the available vaccine — people have resorted to ingesting a cow drug.
As a result, people have been suffering from poising at an alarming rate — with 70 percent of those calls coming from people who took the drug after being advised that it was a suitable treatment for the coronavirus, according to TMZ.
The rapid spread of misinformation about ivermectin has gotten so bad, in fact, that the FDA has stepped in to issue a warning.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” the statement said.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
Doses of the drug can be deadly.
TMZ provided an image that was making the rounds on social media from a livestock feed store in Mississippi that was promoting the availability of ivermectin.
You know what they say: you can’t fix stupid.