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Long gone are the days when we feared people were considering ingesting bleach as a cure-all for coronavirus — well, we hope! — but unfortunately there’s another substance not made for humans that has health experts in Mississippi making a serious plea to local residents.

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According to NPR, the Mississippi State Department of Health sent out an alert last Friday to urge people against ingesting the drug ivermectin as an alternate to vaccination. Ivermectin is a medication used to treat parasites in cows and horses, whereas in humans it can cause nausea, abdominal pain, neurologic disorders and even severe hepatitis guaranteed to land you in a hospital.

More on why this is an issue for Mississippi specifically, via NPR:

“The rise in use of ivermectin comes at a time when the delta variant is driving a surge in cases across the country, including in Mississippi, where only 36.8% of the population is fully vaccinated. The only state with a lower vaccination rate is neighboring Alabama, with 36.3% of the population being fully vaccinated.

More than 7,200 new cases and 56 new deaths were reported in the state on Sunday. This latest surge in COVID-19 cases led the University of Mississippi Medical Center to open a field hospital in a parking garage this month.”

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The Food and Drug Administration got in on the call to action over on Twitter, sending out a casually-written tweet that reads, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The message was linked to an article with everything you need to know about ivermectin, and the serious results of how it can affect humans versus animals.

Take a look at that tweet below, and let us know if you’ve considered alternate treatment for COVID-19 by sounding off over on social media:

 

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