Randomized Double-Blinded Clinical Trial at Sheba Medical Center: Ivermectin Materially Reduces COVID-19 Viral Shedding

The @CovidAnalysis Ivermectin Meta-Analysis—Probability Ivermectin Not Effective Against COVID-19 One in One Trillion!

A small but important randomized, double-blinded clinical trial sponsored by a top Israeli principal investigator and infectious disease physician embraced the use of ivermectin as a possible candidate to reduce viral shedding as well as lessen clinical deterioration for a targeted 100 early-onset, mild COVID-19 patients. The director of the Center for Geographic & Tropical Medicine at Sheba Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Professor Eli Schwartz, conducted this clinical trial starting in the summer. TrialSite spoke with Professor Schwartz in November, and he was still enrolling patients; however, he was recently able to conclude the study and report on the results on Vimeo. The study's takeaway: ivermectin significantly reduces the viral shedding overall in patients with COVID-19. Moreover, while the patient sample wasn’t sufficiently sized, the data did reveal that the drug typically used to treat parasites can reduce infectivity duration. Professor Eli Schwartz concludes that more research is needed to capitalize on this promising drug’s potential to significantly impact public health during the pandemic. For example, the drug shows potential to treat ...

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