Ivermectin is used topically in creams and lotions for head lice, as well as in tablet form to treat roundworm, scabies and rosacea. Photo: Shutterstock
Ivermectin is used topically in creams and lotions for head lice, as well as in tablet form to treat roundworm, scabies and rosacea. Photo: Shutterstock

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Could a head lice drug hold the key to treating coronavirus?

  • Recent research data from scientists in Australia suggests Ivermectin is able to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, from replicating
  • But it’s still too soon to know if the promising laboratory test results will translate into a safe and effective drug for coronavirus patients

Ivermectin is used topically in creams and lotions for head lice, as well as in tablet form to treat roundworm, scabies and rosacea. Photo: Shutterstock
Ivermectin is used topically in creams and lotions for head lice, as well as in tablet form to treat roundworm, scabies and rosacea. Photo: Shutterstock
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