Coronavirus (1357) The psychology behind why people will take horse paste, but not COVID vaccines

4 September, 2021

Extracts from a news item in Fortune.com

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Say you're in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic. To protect yourself, you have a choice between vaccines that were tested on tens of thousands of people in rigorous clinical trials specifically for the purpose of combating COVID-19, or a decades-old drug like ivermectin that is most commonly known as a powerful parasite fighting treatment, often used for horses and livestock...

Scottish psychologist and public health communicator Stuart Ritchie, a lecturer at King's College London, has a fairly simple assessment of what's driving the current ivermectin frenzy, much like the clamoring over hydroxychloroquine, an unproven treatment for COVID touted by former President Donald Trump.

"The reason for the double-standard is obvious: contrarianism. Treatments such as ivermectin (and hydroxychloroquine and Vitamin D) have never had mainstream approval, or the nod from U.K. or U.S. medical regulators for their use against COVID," he wrote in a recent column for the NewStatesman. "The contrarians can get excited about the apparently dramatic effects of ivermectin without having to agree with people they regard as wildly wrong on case rates, death rates, the effects of lockdowns, and so on. They also get to feel the frisson of telling the world that they know better: they have secret knowledge about a super-important treatment, and the blinkered medical community just won’t listen."...

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org