Move over horse dewormer, anti-vaxxers are now gargling Betadine

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Photo note: Whitney Port is a spokesperson for Betadine, a proven wound treatment. She advocates for vaccinations, unlike her former costar Kristin Cavallari, and she seems like a decent person. I just needed a photo for the frontpage.

During the pandemic we’ve seen people behave in ways that defy logic and put themselves and so many others at risk. In this darkest of timelines the antivaxxers have been taking deworming medication, based on disinformation from a fraudulent study. Now those same people are gargling Betadine, the topical antiseptic, because someone claiming to be a doctor said on a forum that this would prevent covid. Betadine/iodine is poisonous and has similar side effects to deworming medication so maybe that’s why they think it’s working. Like the makers of ivermectin, the manufacturers of Betadine have issued a statement that its useless against covid and should not be ingested because it’s toxic. It is an effective wound treatment and you can gargle a specific percentage to treat sore throats so maybe that’s why they’re confused. I’m going to quote Rolling Stone here because they have the best response to this. I’m also including part of a story with the response from Betadine’s manufacturer:

As if attempting to one-up last week’s stupidity with regards to ivermectin, anti-vaxxers on Facebook and Twitter are advocating for a new and unproven Covid-19 treatment: Betadine, an antiseptic used to treat cuts and scrapes.

Povidone iodine, often sold under the brand-name Betadine, is an iodine-based treatment largely for topical use that kills bacteria. It’s a “commonly used cleanser in the ER and OR,” says Kenneth Weinberg, an emergency room physician in New York City. “If you’re in the ER and someone has a wound to sew it up, you use it to clean with.” When told that anti-vaxxers had taken to gargling with Betadine, Weinberg said, “F-k me! Of course they are.”

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Solutions that include povidone iodine have also previously been marketed as a vaginal douche to treat itching in some countries. “We use it before surgery to clean the vagina,” says OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Gunter. “The reason it is bad in douches is that it kills the good bacteria and can be an irritant.”

Avrio Health, Betadine’s manufacturer, released guidelines for Betadine use, saying its products “have not been approved to treat coronavirus” and “should only be used to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.”

“Betadine Antiseptic products have not been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 or any other viruses,” Avrio Health said.

Avrio says its warnings apply to both its topical and throat-gargle products. The company says those who ingest more than a small amount should call a Poison Control Center immediately. Infectious disease specialist Judy Stone says symptoms of Betadine or povidone iodine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, acidosis and even death.

[From Rolling Stone and CBS4Indy]

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