Opposite day

On the one hand boo vaccines, on the other hand yay ivermectin. Whaaat?

A contingent of Americans has embraced the anti-parasite drug ivermectin as a miracle cure for COVID-19 despite warnings from the American scientific community that little to no evidence exists of its efficacy.

At the same time, many Americans have rejected the COVID-19 vaccines in spite of enormous evidence supporting their efficacy.

No good reason to think ivermectin any use so let’s embrace it, but tons of reason to think the vaccines work so let’s refuse to get them.

I’m not seeing the reasoning here – not even the party or partisan or political reasoning. Your politics are kind of beside the point once you’re dead.

The persistent trust in ivermectin and hesitancy to take a widely-proven vaccine is a logical consequence of rejecting American institutions, and a consequence exacerbated by those who have politicized science.

Used to be, it was the left that was suspicious of institutions. At what point did conservatives say “Hold my beer, I’ll show you suspicious of institutions, you weakling”?

Despite this generally accepted commitment to the process of peer review, a subset of American physicians and politicians took the Egyptian pre-print and ran with it. They endorsed ivermectin in front of Congress, on cable news shows, and in viral social media posts.

We have seen this behavior before from irresponsible actors creating conspiracies about “big science” covering up the wonders of a supposed miracle drug. Playing into anti-vaccine fears, some went as far as to argue “there shouldn’t be vaccines that we’re administering” if ivermectin was so safe and effective.

The words of these “experts” have caused substantial harm by contributing to our current “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Which could mean we never get free of the virus and it just becomes a permanent risk. All because people play stupid games.

This is not a game. There are real lives at stake. And those who continue to push the idea that ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID-19 know exactly what they are doing.

Which is killing people.

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