What is ivermectin
Ivermectin is a potent prescription drug primarily used to treat parasitic infections in humans and animals. This medicine interferes with the conduction of nerve impulses and the functioning of muscles in parasites – and as a result, they die.
In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, scientists began to urgently look for a cure for this disease. There was no time to develop a new drug, so the researchers hoped that some existing drugs would have additional properties useful in the fight against coronavirus. Ivermectin was one of the drugs that appeared to be potentially effective for COVID-19.
Computer simulations have shown that ivermectin is able to inhibit the enzyme that is responsible for duplicating the viral genome in infected cells. And some laboratory experiments on infected cells have shown that this drug prevents the coronavirus from ferrying its genetic material into the nucleus of the host cell. All this prevents the coronavirus from creating new viral particles.