COVID-19 treatment myth about Ivermectin

Dr. Jen Ashton discusses the social media rumors about the drug’s use in India.
2:33 | 06/11/21

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developments and let's begin on this Friday with a look at today's big number. Did you know the world has five oceans now? National geographic announcing this week that in addition to the atlantic, pacific, Indian, and arctic oceans, all listed when they started making maps back in 1915, they're now recognizing a fifth, fifth ocean, the southern ocean. Scientists agree the number should officially be updated for the general public. So now you need -- now you know that. Back to geography. Exactly. All right. Jen is with us here. So we got a lot of headlines about some possible medications that work as treatments for covid-19. And several are controversial. Including one that generated actually generated a comment from the fda. That's right. And so let's take a look at this drug. It is called ivermectin. First of all, it is growing in terms of rumors circulating on social media about its use in in India. That is not based in reality or fact. It is fda approved in the united States for treatments of intestinal parasites, so things like round worms in humans. It is also used regularly in animals and veterinary medicine to prevent parasites, things like heart worm. It is not, I want to emphasize, it is not an anti-viral. So its use in unindicated situations both in humans or in animals is dangerous and not advised. All right. And in some noncovid-19 news, it is summer time. It is tick season. What should people know about tick born illnesses? That infectious disease experts will say the most dangerous animal in the world is the mosquito. Again, the relative ticks. We have to have our radar up about this. Ticks carry Lyme disease. You want to prevent it in a number of ways. Most of all, wearing light clothing to you can actually see the ticks. Most of the deer ticks are the size of a poppyseed. They need in general about 24 hours to transmit infection. If you pull a tick off, you do no need to have that tick tested. If you get fever, aches, rash, you want to see your doctor and get treatment. Prevention is key. I never found a tick. You never got fever. Exactly. I was in North Carolina. So, yeah, it was a good thing you catch it early. Then you're okay. Can you recover fully. 100%. Thank you. We're going to turn to ABC's

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