Is the recent fall in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to the use of ivermectin?
Take a look at the new ivermectin claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin!
This message is being shared on WhatsApp by ivermectin proponents.
It claims that the drop in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta is due to the use of ivermectin.
WHAT HAS CHANGED ?
But over two weeks, Jakarta’s daily cases dropped from 14,619 on July 12 to 2,662 on July 25, according to city data, while pressure on Covid-19 referral hospitals has eased.
“The situation is very different,” Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan said in a video address yesterday.
“The hallways in front of emergency (hospital) units were always full…. Now they’re mostly empty,” he said.
They introduced Ivermectin!
NO EVIDENCE Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Was Due To Ivermectin
Ivermectin proponents are touting the drop in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta as a result of Indonesia introducing ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID-19.
That’s bullshit and I will show you why.
Don’t be misled by these fake messages on ivermectin. These people are antivaxxers who are trying to fool you into not vaccinating yourself against COVID-19.
Protect yourself and your family – get VACCINATED against COVID-19!
Fact #1 : No Evidence Drop Was Due To Ivermectin
It’s easy for an unnamed person to simply say that the drop in new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta must be due to the introduction of ivermectin. Where’s the evidence?
There is NO EVIDENCE that the drop in new COVID-19 cases was due to ivermectin.
It is far more likely due to emergency measures that Indonesia initiated like travel and business restrictions on red zones, including Jakarta.
There is also evidence (see Fact #5) that the high vaccination rate in Jakarta could be the reason.
Fact #2 : Cases Are Not Falling Across Indonesia
Even as the number of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta has fallen, they are not falling across the rest of Indonesia.
That’s why ivermectin proponents are specifically pointing out Jakarta. It’s the only city in Indonesia where new cases are falling.
Fact #3 : Ivermectin Was Illegally Sold Since 2020
Ever since the Australian lab study suggested in April 2020 that ivermectin could work against COVID-19, people in Indonesia have illegally imported and sold ivermectin.
That was further spurred by Harsen Laboratories’ handing out of ivermectin (for free) to use against COVID-19 in 2020.
But that did not stop Indonesia from detecting 4,000 to 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day since September 2020.
Fact #4 : Official Sale Of Ivermectin Did Not Help
In June 2021, both Harsen Laboratories and Indofarma were given licences to distribute ivermectin as a parasitic drug, basically legalising its sale in Indonesia.
That, however, did not stop the massive surge in COVID-19 that kicked off in middle of May 2021.
It was only 16 July 2021 – 2 months later – that Jakarta started seeing a drop in new COVID-19 cases.
Isn’t it odd that Indonesia continues to register over 40,000 new cases EVERY DAY, even with the legalised use of ivermectin?
Fact #5 : Jakarta Has Highest Vaccination Rate
A likely big factor in cutting down the number of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta would be the surge in vaccinations.
Jakarta had already vaccinated the 3 million priority recipients by June 2021, with the aim to vaccinate its remaining 4.5 million residents by August 2021.
That would mean that approximately half of the Jakarta population were vaccinated by the time the number of new cases started to fall.
The much slower vaccination rate across the rest of Indonesia would also explain the high number of new cases per day outside of Jakarta.
Fact #6 : Ivermectin Hasn’t Helped Other Countries
It is also instructive to note that ivermectin has NOT helped other countries control COVID-19.
Ivermectin proponents have claimed that these countries have successfully used it to prevent and treat COVID-19.
Does it really look like they successfully handled COVID-19?
Bet they also didn’t mention that India stopped using ivermectin, because it was … well, useless.
Fact #7 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19
Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but has NOT been shown to improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.
- June 2021 study in The Lancet : No improvement in symptoms or clinical outcomes with triple-dose ivermectin
- February 2021 study in The Lancet : No difference in transmissibility with double-dose ivermectin.
That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.
So please stop obsessing over ivermectin, and get VACCINATED against COVID-19!
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