I've been watching Bret Weinstein's interview with Dr. Pierre Kory (M.D.) on the alleged suppression of Ivermectin as a therapeutic for COVID-19.
The claim is that a meta-analysis of Ivermectin studies -- none of which are the highest quality study -- show an obvious and huge benefit to using the drug.
Put another way, the "signal" that the drug works is so strong that it is obvious in any kind of study no matter the quality. And when you consider all the studies together (meta-analysis), the effectiveness of the drug is nearly beyond doubt.
So why aren't we using it to help end the pandemic?
Because there are lots of doubters.
It's the Trump-Hydroxychloroquine problem.
As we all remember, Trump's promotion of Hydroxychloroquine caused the entire media complex to brand him a dangerous moron because the studies showing the drug is effective were low quality. Anyone who agreed with Trump got branded anti-science and dangerous.
Then comes Ivermectin. It's the "same thing" but with a different drug. It's cheap, known to be safe, easy to get, and already in the market. No one wants to be the next idiot promoting something like a Trump drug.
Fake news might have killed millions of people worldwide because demonizing Hydroxychloroquine made it impossible for serious professionals to consider Ivermectin without risking their careers and reputations. It was just too similar.
That's the persuasion filter on this situation. I don't have an opinion on whether Ivermectin works, but the story is fascinating.
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