The FDA has recently approved ivermectin for emergency use to treat patients with COVID-19. This is based on early studies that show the drug is effective in clearing the virus from the body.
Ivermectin is a drug that has been used to treat parasitic infections for more than three decades. It works by paralyzing and killing the parasites, which makes it effective against a wide range of them, including those that cause river blindness and scabies.
While the exact mechanism is not yet known, it is thought that ivermectin may work against COVID-19 by preventing the virus from replicating inside cells. The drug has also been shown to boost the immune response against the virus.
If further studies confirm that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19, it could have a major impact on how the pandemic is managed. Ivermectin is cheap and easily available, which means it could be used for mass treatment of people who have been infected with COVID-19. The drug could also be used to prevent infection in high-risk groups, such as healthcare workers and people over 65 years of age.
The early findings on ivermectin are promising and suggest that this drug could be a valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19. If further studies confirm its efficacy, ivermectin could play a major role in managing the pandemic and saving lives.