It appeared that the authors had run entire paragraphs from press releases and websites about ivermectin and Covid-19 through a thesaurus to change key words. “Humorously, this led to them changing ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome’ to ‘extreme intense respiratory syndrome’ on one occasion,” Lawrence said.
My wife teaches classes online, and often regales me with the “Thesaurusized” paragraphs that some students try to pass off for assignments. This is minimal effort plagarism, indicating the intention to cheat, and the lack of understanding of how to cheat more convincingly.
That this paper has been retracted doesn’t mean that Ivermectin isn’t an effective treatment for Covid19.
The same could be said for any random medicine. That is however not a good reason to take medicines at random, in the hope that they might be “an effective treatment for Covid19”.
The retraction, and the lack of any other studies providing solid evidence of ivermectin’s efficaciousness, does however mean that there is no substantive evidence that it is an effective treatment for Covid19.
Ivermectin is not a random medecine for Covid19. Here is the latest evidence of its interest, among many others:
Modest improvements in a hamster model is a good reason to move towards human trials, but the real evidence needs to come from those human trials.
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