There are local websites that frequently post unverified and potentially misleading information on COVID-19 and vaccines.
One such website – The Truth Warriors – has been publishing studies that claim that the drug Ivermectin is safe and effective in treating COVID-19, and that other countries have been using it for early treatment of COVID-19 with high success rates.
Here are the facts:
Fact #1: Ivermectin is not effective against COVID-19
In Singapore, Ivermectin is a prescription-only medicine registered specifically for the treatment of parasitic worm infections. It is not an anti-viral medicine and is not approved by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for preventing or treating COVID-19. To date, there is no scientific evidence from credible clinical trials that Ivermectin is effective against COVID-19.
Fact #2: Self-medicating with Ivermectin can be dangerous to your health
There have been reports of patients requiring hospitalisation after self-medicating with Ivermectin. Side-effects of Ivermectin include:
Do not self-medicate with Ivermectin. Consult your doctor if you require treatment of COVID-19.
Fact #3: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and efficacious '
COVID-19 vaccines that are approved for use in Singapore have been assessed to be safe and efficacious by both the HSA and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination. These vaccines must also comply with the World Health Organization’s guidelines.