FDA Tweets “You Are Not A Horse,” Urging People To Stop Taking Livestock Dewormer For COVID

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – New disinformation about a COVID-19 treatment is on the rise. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to people trying to consume Ivermectin. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic paste used in livestock to treat them for worms and parasites – not a virus – and certainly not COVID-19.

The FDA tweeted, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”

It comes as Americans are being persuaded to reach for disproven treatments instead of getting vaccinated. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says, “Ivermectin is not a recommended treatment for COVID-19. It is not a recommended drug to prevent COVID-19.”

The FDA says there are approved uses for Ivermectin in people, but not for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Taking it can be harmful, especially when it hasn’t been prescribed by a doctor. WCCB Charlotte’s Drew Bollea spoke to a veterinarian who says she thinks people are acting out of fear. Commonwealth Animal Hospital Lead Veterinarian Dr. Lauren:  Hendren says, “I just think right now people are trying to cling on to anything that they can because they’re so worried about their loved ones and themselves. That if anything seems like there may be a little hope, they’re just going after it.” She continues, “Those (Ivermectin pastes) are highly concentrated, for cattle (and horses). So not something that you want to be taking.”

Our question of the night: why would you take horse medicine if you’re unwilling to take the vaccine?

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson