Feed and tack shops in Kamloops are getting calls and orders for a livestock de-worming medication some have touted as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.
When it comes to people, Ivermectin is available only with a doctors prescription, and it is used for treating parasites not viruses.
The veterinary version is available over the counter – and despite warnings from the CDC as well as the maker of both the human and animal versions – people are seeking it out.
None of the feed shops we spoke to wanted to go on tape – but one said they recently removed Ivermectin from their website in order to discourage its off-label use.
Meanwhile at Manshadi Pharmacy which caters to humans, Missagh Manshadi says he’s even taken a few prescriptions for COVID treatment written by what he calls “confused” doctors.
“If it is prescribed for certain conditions it has to be under the supervision of a doctor,” he told NL News. “It is what it is. We don’t have Ivermectin in our pharmacy. We do not dispense Ivermectin for COVID-19.”
“This medication is taken orally. We use it for parasitic conditions in our pharmacy. At the present this drug is not – it’s sold out. It’s not available. Therefore, people are seeking this medication through the feed stores.”
Similarly, in Calgary, a feed store manager says he’s had to take a the drug off the shelves because people were looking for it as a way to treat COVID-19.
Lance Olson at Lone Star Tack & Feed says Ivermectin is not something people should be buying and putting in their orange juice or coffee, because it’s not safe.
“It’s obviously not intended for human use in any way, shape or form. It’s meant to get rid of worms in horses’ guts … so, these people see that ivermectin liquid, they search it, our website comes up and they give us a call thinking that we can just sell it to them,” Olson told the CBC.
“If you don’t know what it is, you probably don’t have animals that you’re going to use this on … given the circumstances surrounding this stuff, it makes it very uncomfortable when people phone … so we’ve taken it off our shelves.”
An Alberta Health Services spokesperson says an AHS Scientific Advisory Group conducted a review to explore using Ivermectin in treatment and prevention of COVID-19, however it was not approved.
The US Food and Drug Administration also issued a statement Saturday following reports of people being hospitalized after taking the medication.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” they said, on twitter.
“For one thing, animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which can weigh a lot more than we do – a ton or more. Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans,” the statement said.
“Moreover, FDA reviews drugs not just for safety and effectiveness of the active ingredients, but also for the inactive ingredients. Many inactive ingredients found in animal products aren’t evaluated for use in people. Or they are included in much greater quantity than those used in people. In some cases, we don’t know how those inactive ingredients will affect how ivermectin is absorbed in the human body.”
One study that suggested a possible benefit as a treatment for those with COVID-19 has since been retracted after concerns about fraud and data fabrication.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
– With files from The Canadian Press
Rodents on the rise: How to avoid an infestation this fall
Rodents have become a larger problem for Canadian homeowners since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pests that lived near bars and restaurants moved into residential neighbourhoods during lockdowns, spreading out their colonies and causing trouble.
With colder weather just around the corner, these rodents are likely to break into people’s homes. Invasions are especially common in the fall and winter when pests seek a warmer place to stay. Mice sneak in via the holes in the wall, and rats dig underground and into the basement.
While many homeowners deal with mice every year, it is important that they be kept out. Rodents are potential carriers of disease, and they will damage the home’s interior. The following tips, when used together, will help ensure that your home is pest-free this winter.
Block Entry Points
Rodents come from outside. While it may seem like they appear out of thin air, rodents find openings in the outer walls of the home and sneak their way inside. Wall vents, cracked window frames, and doors that have been left open are often to blame.
Examine your home’s exterior very carefully and use caulking or mesh to block the openings you find. Check between the layers of your siding, underneath your deck, and along the edges of your soffits for openings of 5mm or more. Put weatherstripping on the bottoms of your doors and seal cracks in the foundation with epoxy.
If you’re not sure you got them all, contact a mice exterminator for an inspection and pest-proofing service. Professionals offer complete pest-proofing in addition to pest control. They can find the entry points you missed and close them for you. If you know that there are rats in your neighbourhood, a professional can protect your foundation by digging a trench and attaching a mesh to its sides. This will prevent rats from digging into the basement.
Do Some Fall Cleaning
Spring isn’t the only time of year for cleaning. Mice, rats, ants, and other pests can smell the food you keep, and they will want their share. Deep clean the kitchen this fall and maintain it to keep pests out when it gets cold. Vacuum everywhere and clean the floors beneath your major appliances. Keep surfaces clean and store food in airtight containers to reduce odours. Never leave dirty dishes out overnight and use lidded garbage cans.
In addition to food, pests love clutter. Rodents like to hide in quiet, cluttered areas, like messy basements and storage rooms. This way, they can hide as they move from place to place. Get organized this fall and get rid of what you don’t need. Move objects off the floor and create space so there is nowhere for pests to hide.
Tidy up the Yard
Because rodents love food and clutter, it is important that you maintain the yard, as well. Trim back the vines, bushes, and plants that grow around the walls of the home to reduce the number of potential hiding spots. Move patio furniture and firewood away from the sides of the home, as well. Mow the lawn, rake the leaves, and bag all your organic materials for collection.
Pest control experts recommend getting rid of the bird feeder because it attracts rodents. While it is unfortunate, bird feeders are magnets of animal activity. Consider getting rid of it when the temperature cools or switch to one that hangs far away. Harvest your apples and home-grown produce on time, and secure your garbage cans with bungee cords or tight locks.
Quebec man punches nurse in face for giving wife COVID-19 vaccine – Saanich News
Police in Quebec say they are looking for a man who is alleged to have repeatedly punched a nurse in the face because he was angry she had vaccinated his wife against COVID-19.
Police say a man between the ages of 30 and 45 approached the nurse on Monday morning at a pharmacy in Sherbrooke, Que., about 150 kilometres east of Montreal.
They say he accused the nurse of vaccinating his wife against her consent and repeatedly punched the nurse before leaving the store.
Police say the nurse had to be treated in hospital for serious injuries to her face.
Quebec’s order of nurses tweeted today that the alleged assault was unacceptable and wished the nurse a full recovery.
Sherbrooke police are asking for the public’s help in finding the assailant, who they say has short dark hair, dark eyes, thick eyebrows and a tattoo resembling a cross on his hand.
—The Canadian Press
Fraser Health accounts for nearly half of 832 cases recorded in B.C., five deaths – News 1130
VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — B.C. is seeing yet another day of high COVID-19 cases, with another 832 people testing positive for the virus and five dying.
Nearly half of the new cases Thursday are in the Fraser Health region — which has seen 377 new infections.
That’s more than double the cases in any other health authority, including Interior Health, which saw a dramatic rise in cases over the summer.
There are 153 new cases in Interior Health, 114 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 117 in Northern Health, and 71 in Island Health.
Of the five people that have died in the last 24 hours, two deaths were recorded in Fraser Health, two in Interior Health and one person was in the Northern Health region.
New #covid19 cases up again – 832 today@Fraserhealth has nearly half the province’s new cases
Active cases up – 5697
ICU up to 148 of the 330 in hospital
Five additional deaths#bcpoli @news1130 pic.twitter.com/tzKkbkY33P
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) September 23, 2021
Of the 5,697 active cases, 330 people are in hospital, of whom 148 are in the ICU.
Between Sept. 15 and 21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5 per cent of new infections.
From Sept. 8 and 21, they accounted for 82.6 per cent of hospitalizations.
Since the start of the pandemic, 181,769 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the province, 173,786 people who tested positive have recovered and 1,915 people have died.
The province says those who are unvaccinated are 25.8 times as likely to be hospitalized after age is taken into consideration.
Of all eligible adults in the province, 87.8 per cent have had their first dose and 80.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.
There are a total of 22 active COVID-19 outbreaks at health care facilities.
Today’s Homes Need a Professional Electrician’s Touch
How to unwind after a long day at the office
5 Ways to be Productive at Work
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Europe kicks off vaccination programs | All media content | DW | 27.12.2020 – Deutsche Welle
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Business5 hours ago
5 Ways to be Productive at Work
Politics20 hours ago
Politics Podcast: FiveThirtyEight Goes To Canada And Germany – FiveThirtyEight
Health6 hours ago
Rodents on the rise: How to avoid an infestation this fall
Media20 hours ago
Wonder Media Network’s Jenny Kaplan Mulls Podcaster’s Next Move – Forbes
Economy20 hours ago
CANADA STOCKS – TSX rises 0.3% to 20,461.93
Health23 hours ago
Data from 3 major hospital systems reveals how many COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated – Bring Me The News
Economy21 hours ago
8 business leaders championing a nature-positive economy – World Economic Forum
News20 hours ago
Taiwan blasts China for Pacific trade pact threats