Ivermectin is the new hydroxychloroquine, take 4: Bret Weinstein misrepresents meta-analyses - 2021-08-02
The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic has resulted in a large group of non-medical or public-health related experts with the surprising confidence to publicly express definitive opinions on topics clearly outside of their expertise. The most striking example of this has come from the evolutionary biologist Dr. Bret Weinstein, who has turned his elevation in the public eye from issues pertaining to culture to one regarding the assessment of science. This has, most toxically, manifest in sweeping and non-empirical claims regarding the role of ivermectin in the treatment and prophylaxis of the SARS-Cov-2 related disease COVID-19.
What Bret Weinstein claims
The claims of Dr. Weinstein in terms of the efficacy of ivermectin for SARS-Cov-2, if true, would render it one of the most astonishingly effective xenobiotics in the history of modern medicine. The claims are variable and, mostly, cunningly phrased as exploratory questioning, but the following have been either stated by Dr. Weinstein or endorsed by guests on his podcast. Ivermectin "shows itself to be about 86 percent effective at preventing contraction of Covid". Ivermectin could be a "safe and effective medicine that prevented 85% of COVID cases and did not appear to select for different strains".