What’s Behind the Ivermectin Frenzy?
Ivermectin is a drug that emerged in the 1970s, used mainly for deworming horses and other livestock.
But during the pandemic, it has been falsely lauded in some corners as a kind of miracle cure for the coronavirus.
What is fueling the demand for a drug that the medical establishment has begged people not to take?
Guest: Emma Goldberg, a writer for The New York Times.
- Public health warnings against using the anti-parasitic ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19 appear to have made little progress in stemming its popularity in parts of the United States.
- Veterinarians, ranchers and farmers say they are struggling with the effects of the surging demand for the drug.
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