Disregard the distribution of Ivermectin as an alleviating agent for COVID-19

Disregard the distribution of Ivermectin as an alleviating agent for COVID-19

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Aron Jae Gari started this petition to The Philippine Government and

Facts can be interpreted in many ways. The amount of people who have not fully understood the information online is continuously growing even to this day. These people need to be educated as believing and applying claims that are not supported by factual evidence may harm them and possibly other people as well. 

This is relatively evident in the case of using Ivermectin as an alternative medicine for COVID-19. Apparently, the consensus of the people leans towards its supposedly "anti-viral" properties. The reason behind its alleged medical properties is probably because it contains other medications as well, such as doxycycline, azithromycin, corticosteroids and etc. Some people claimed that Ivermectin has drastically alleviated COVID-19 symptoms and thus, people have started taking the medicine as they were also advised by a government official named Mike Defensor who has given it despite the lack of studies and concrete evidences from the researchers in the medical field. 

It is noted that, however, Ivermectin is an anthelmintic veterinary medicine. From those words, anthelmintic means that it is for parasitic entities that lie in the human digestive system, and veterinary means that it is meant for animals, not humans. Therefore, it does not have any properties that may help with eradicating COVID-19. 

Intaking medicine that is meant for animals is highly dangerous, especially that it isn't proven that it is effective on humans. Animals metabolize differently than humans, they have different body systems and functions that are quite different from ours. So, taking medicine that is not meant for us could lead to unwanted side effects that could even put our lives at risk. Especially, in this case, Ivermectin's proper dosage in humans has not even been studied yet, and manufacturers usually formulate dosages that are meant for animal intake and not for human consumption. Thus, this can lead to people possibly overdosing themselves with Ivermectin, and it is known to cause skin rashes, limb swelling, neurological effects, liver injury, permanent brain damage, and even death. 

Furthermore, this medicine is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for COVID-19 purposes, and it is not recommended by healthcare professionals. The reason for this is the same as what I have mentioned above.
There are multiple ways to treat COVID-19 instead of taking unstudied and alternative medicines. First and foremost, prevention. We must follow all pandemic protocols in order to protect ourselves and our family too, as well as getting vaccinated with all approved and tested vaccines such as Pfizer, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and such. Second, if one has been infected by the virus, isolate them. Lastly, eat healthy foods to increase the effectiveness of our immune system's response and follow the doctor's advice. 

On behalf of the petitioners who have signed this, we ask the government to stop distributing Ivermectin to the people. Anakalusugan, particularly Mike Defensor, has widely distributed it to Quezon City residents and has put their lives on a thin sheet of ice.  We ask you to never do this action again and give free vaccines and swab tests instead.

Thank you. 





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