The real reason people are treating themselves with horse dewormer - 2021-09-01

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F1.png The real reason people are treating themselves with horse dewormer September 1, 2021, Kiera Butler, Mother Jones

In the last few weeks, the pandemic has taken yet another strange new twist: Americans are attempting to treat themselves with a livestock dewormer called ivermectin. So many have sought this DIY cure, that the FDA issued a warning last month, tweeting, "You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it."

Progressive Twitter is having a field day with the feed-store bit. The tone is gleeful and smug: Look at those ignorant yokels lining up at their quaint livestock supply stores! Horse dewormer! Can you believe it? How primitive and unscientific! There are horse memes. There are sheep memes. There are diarrhea memes.

I find all of this, well, kind of icky. The classist and contemptuous vibe of these memes is gross enough, but what is even more so is the complete lack of curiosity on the part of most of these onlookers about a much more fundamental question: What would make someone desperate enough to try to prevent COVID with horse dewormer in the first place?

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