In the latest example of the pandemic being politicized, right-wing media figures have been pushing the dewormer treatment Ivermectin as a way to combat coronavirus symptoms. The drug got yet another boost in attention when podcaster Joe Rogan said that he used it to treat his COVID symptoms along with a slew of other medications. On his program this week, Joe Rogan sat down with comedian Tom Segura and the two talked about the blowback Joe has received for saying he took the drug which remains experimental for COVID-19. One of the points Rogan made was that “the Tokyo Medical Association chairman held a live press conference recommending Ivermectin for all doctors for all COVID patients. While this did happen, the important context absent from Rogan’s statement is that this press conference took place back in February. Seven months later, Japan still has not approved Ivermectin to treat COVID-19. In fact, in July, Japan put Ivermectin in a category of drugs whose efficacy and safety had not been established. Furthermore, the American FDA has not recommended Ivermectin to treat coronavirus patients. If Joe wishes to forgo that advice in favor of what is going on in Japan, it’s crucial to point out that the most recent take from the Japanese government is that the drug simply doesn’t work for treating COVID-19.
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