No, taking medicine meant for animals will not prevent Covid-19

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How come? It is absolutely overwhelming that there are people in Alberta who would rather be using something that is used as a de-wormer for farm animals than the Covid-19 vaccines. Even those who made these vaccines for humans (rather than animals) have undergone rigorous testing in clinical trials and have been shown to be safe and effective.

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As reported by multiple media outlets, some Albertans have turned to the drug ivermectin as a cure for Covid-19. This has resulted in at least one pet food store in Alberta pulling the product off the shelves.

The fact that Health Canada was forced to issue a statement warning people not to take drugs intended for animals is more than absurd.

“Canadians should never consume health products intended for animals because of the potential serious health hazards they pose. The veterinary version of ivermectin, especially in high doses, can be dangerous to humans and cause serious health problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, dizziness, seizures, coma, and even death.“Said the statement.

While a version of the Ivermectin is approved for human consumption, it was made very clear that this drug is not approved for the treatment of Covid-19.

“There is no evidence that ivermectin is safe or effective in either formulation when used for these purposes. The human version of ivermectin is only approved for sale in Canada for the treatment of parasitic worm infections in humans, ”the Health Canada statement said.

Ivermectin isn’t even an antiviral drug, and a “study” using it to treat Covid-19 turned out to be unreviewed and had inconsistencies in the data. The research website the report appeared on removed it over a month ago. Unlike the approved Covid-19 vaccines, there has not been a large-scale clinical trial of ivermectin for the prevention of Covid-19.

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In direct contrast to this, we have seen time and again how well the vaccines (which were actually made against Covid-19) work. As of this writing, 94 percent of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit were either not vaccinated or were only receiving one dose. The percentage of non-ICU hospital patients who were not fully vaccinated was also high, with over 81 percent of these patients not receiving either vaccination.

Currently in Alberta, 70 percent of those eligible (or 59 percent of the total population) are fully vaccinated, although that’s a good number, but it’s not high enough. We are really in a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Of course, there are still groundbreaking cases of a fully vaccinated person getting Covid-19, but these cases are rare.

Three vaccines – the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer BioNTech, and Moderna vaccines – have all been shown to be safe and effective in preventing severe Covid-19 symptoms, and all of which help reduce the spread of the disease. This has not been proven for ivermectin. Albertans should just do the right thing and get vaccinated. It will help keep you and your loved ones safe.