A screenshot of a Facebook post of a meme that says “IVERMECTIN If you just got finessed into calling the medicine that won the 2015 Nobel Prize for its role in treating human disease ‘horse de-wormer’, then you need to sit the next couple of plays out.” The News Literacy Project added a red X and a “LACKS CONTEXT” label.
It can be easy to get swept up in partisan rhetoric online and mistake something that feels substantive as evidence for an unrelated claim. Cut through the emotion and misleading hyperbole surrounding the debate over ivermectin by monitoring its progress through clinical trials, talking with your doctor and awaiting word from health authorities like the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether it’s safe to take.
- “Fact check: Precursor to ivermectin did win Nobel Prize, but it's not a proven COVID-19 treatment” (Miriam Fauzia, USA Today).
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