There is no shortage of pandemic information and advice. Whether from Google, social media, mainstream outlets, or friends and family, the sheer amount of COVID content is staggering.
“The general public is walking through a desert and they're willing to eat sand if they have to, because we're not providing them with the knowledge that they need,” says Thomas Yadegar, M.D., Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonary Department at Providence Tarzana Medical Center in California.
Ivermectin is one example. “I know that over the past month and a half, we had plenty of people who were on it that unfortunately still got hospitalized,” as Dr. Yadegar says. “I think this is where we have failed in terms of providing genuine guidelines, and potentially, protocols that can help these people early on so that they can prevent hospitalization.”
Armand Dorian, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.C.E.P., Chief Medical Officer for Verdugo Hills Hospital of USC in California recalled the early days of responding to the pandemic. “We were trying a lot of things when the pandemic initially started and we realized a lot of things we tried didn't work.” For him, “we just need to have some sort of science behind why we think that medication will work.”
“I could just tell you to take a shot of vodka and say, 'hey, that's going to help you.' Just because I'm a doctor doesn't mean I have, should have, that right to continuously tell you to do something without some basis,” he adds.