Ivermectin (and others) clinical study
If you are interested in helping to advance the use of currently approved drugs for the treatment of COVID, keep this site in mind if you test positive for the virus:
Why is this study being done?
To understand if these medications prevent severe Covid and long-Covid symptoms.
COVID-19 increases inflammation in the body, which causes harm.
The medications Metformin, Ivermectin, and Fluvoxamine are known to decrease inflammatory proteins (cytokines) in the body. They also appear to possibly stop the proteins inside cells that help viruses reproduce and spread.
Reviews of persons who developed COVID-19 while taking metformin suggest they were less likely to be hospitalized or die from the infection. Smaller, prospective studies showed patients given fluvoxamine or ivermectin were similarly less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19.
If we give metformin, ivermectin, fluvoxamine, or a combination of these medications to individuals soon after they develop COVID-19, will it decrease the severity of their symptoms? Will it prevent them from needing hospitalization? This study hopes to answer these questions.
Randomized clinical trial results are what moves the needle for the FDA. At worst you would be able to get access to the drug specifically formulated for humans instead of trying to use the veterinary version. (And a $400 payday as well!)
I was happy to get vaccinated (Moderna) and I do have the scientific background to understand the research and safety studies conducted for the current vaccines. For me, I feel that the best course of action is to get vaccinated. I do understand the fear of the vaccines from people without a background in immunology and additionally, as has been expressed on this site previously, much of the world will not have access to the vaccines and finding a medication that is safe, cheap, and easy to store would be a tremendous asset in bringing an end to this pandemic. Repurposing of drugs has a very successful history and several companies are investing billions of dollars toward this end (and not just for COVID):
So I do think that the research is vital but it has to be done in the correct manner. The vaccines were put under this level of scrutiny and ivermectin will have to do this as well. If you are willing to volunteer, it would help greatly to bring this possible treatment forward. It's sad that vaccines/treatments/masks... have become so divisive and politicized but in our current culture I guess it's to be expected. We are all charting our own path through this and I think that we should respect each others choices whether it is vaccinations or use of medications and do what we can to help each other through it.