Date: September 09, 2021 09:30AM
Common sense and a little bit of knowledge tells you that a parasite and a virus are very, very different and are not the same. But that assumes that you have common sense.https://sports.yahoo.com/false-meme-nobel-laureate-did-192117958.html
False meme: Nobel laureate did not say ivermectin 'cures' covid-19
"My name is William Campbell, in 2015 I won the Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of Ivermectin. It cures many diseases including covid-19. The fake news and big pharma want you to live in fear. Fauci won't promote Ivermectin because he is the little parasite it destroys."
- Quote attributed to Drew University professor William Campbell
Like many fake social media posts, there's a germ of truth, but it's twisted into a falsehood.
- Campbell, a native of Ireland, did share the Nobel Prize in medicine with Satoshi Omura of Japan for their role in the creating a therapy for infections against roundworm parasites. "Omura cultured bacteria, which produce substances that inhibit the growth of other microorganisms. In 1978 he succeeded in culturing a strain from which William Campbell purified a substance, avermectin, which in a chemically modified form, ivermectin, proved effective against river blindness and elephantiasis," the Nobel Prize committee said.
- Campbell was quoted in April 2020 in expressing delight at an early report that the anti-parasite drug might inhibit the coronavirus. Since then, there have been continuing efforts to identify whether the relatively low-cost drug would be effective in treating patients with covid-19.
But, to date, there is insufficient evidence that ivermectin cures covid-19, even though it increasingly has been embraced by vaccine skeptics. There are numerous reports of people being hospitalized because they self-medicated with ivermectin intended for livestock.
"The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of covid-19 in people or animals. Ivermectin has not been shown to be safe or effective for these indications," the FDA said in a recent statement. "There's a lot of misinformation around, and you may have heard that it's OK to take large doses of ivermectin. It is not OK."