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Letters: Ivermectin misused as COVID-19 treatment

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Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stop the growing use of parasite drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and that there’s little evidence it helps.

This is a public health safety advisory. Ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infections in large animals and humans but there is no proof that it has any effect on viruses such as COVID-19.

No clinical or other studies have demonstrated any beneficial effect of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 infections.

The drug will not prevent users from getting infected with COVID, nor will it cure an infection.

Signs and symptoms of ivermectin toxicity include gastrointestinal issues (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea), headache, blurred vision, dizziness, fast heart rate, low blood pressure, visual hallucinations, altered mental status, confusion, loss of coordination and balance, central nervous system depression and seizures.

Ivermectin may increase sedative effects of other medications such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates.

The national poison control center has had a five-fold increase in ivermectin calls since the start of the pandemic. This is a testimony to the toxicity of ivermectin for human consumption.

If you have any of the above symptoms, call the poison control center hotline (800-222-1222) for advice on what course of action to take.

There are now multiple safe and proven treatments for COVID-19 infections.

More importantly, get a COVID-19 vaccine, which is extremely safe and effective and there will be no need for treatment of a serious infection or the toxicity of ivermectin.

Dr. PERRY HALUSHKA

River Reach Way

Charleston

Educate about words

Anyone who spends time around teenagers will no doubt agree that their jargon often includes a variety of slurs.

These can be racial, religious, ethnic or gender in variety.

Their usage can become so commonplace that the actual meaning and origin of the word is lost, as is the awareness of the hurt that can be imparted on the receiver.

This situation is exacerbated when peer groups lack diversity.

For this reason, I hope that teachers and counselors will not be deprived of educating our youth as to the connotation of such words, and the historical background regarding their evolution.

If the Cane Bay High School teacher loses her job because she tried to explain why a certain word is racist and wrong, then it is a sad day in South Carolina.

Obviously, if such words are ever used by professionals to insult, get a laugh or for any other reason, then they should be sanctioned.

If students are not taught the reality of slavery, ethnic cleansing, religious persecution, gender inequity and the many injustices of world and local history, how can they truly grasp the meaning of words?

MARSHA MORELAND

Cherokee Rose Circle

Mount Pleasant

Flag lifts spirits

Kudos and blessings to the Rick Hendrick dealership on Savannah Highway. Every time I travel by and see that large, glorious flag unfurled, my heart leaps and spirits soar. Thank you.

RHODA BUTLER

Ethel Post Office Road

Yonges Island

Bartelme appreciated

I wonder if any other mid-size city in the country has a local newspaper like Charleston’s Post and Courier, with so many reporters recognized nationally for their superb writing?

The latest national honor goes to local reporter Tony Bartelme, who has won the prestigious 2021 John Chancellor award for his many investigative stories in The Post and Courier, most recently “The Greenland Connection.”

The announcement of the award on Sept. 30 did not mention that Bartelme also has written several books on a variety of subjects. I especially recommend “A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa.”

This inspiring, true account of how a visionary American doctor found a way to save lives in Africa is a real page-turner.

Lastly, I want to send appreciation to Tony Bartelme and the other prize-winning writers at our local paper who daily keep readers informed and interested.

SHARON FRATEPIETRO

George Street

Charleston

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