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Mon Sep 13, 2021, 08:59 PM

Anti-Vaxxers Are Now Gargling Iodine to Prevent Covid-19




https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/betadine-anti-vaxxer-covid-treatment-iodine-1225438/

September 13, 2021 6:16PM ET
Anti-Vaxxers Are Now Gargling Iodine to Prevent Covid-19
One ER doc’s response to the new trend: “Fuck me! Of course they are”
By EJ Dickson


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, “Fuck me! Of course they are.”

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.”

Betadine is mostly intended for external use, as it can result in iodine poisoning if taken orally, says Gunter. But on social media, people are promoting it as a means of warding off the Covid-19 virus, either by gargling it or using it in a nasal spray. “Don’t get Covid. Prophylaxis is not that hard,” one person touting themselves as an ER doctor tweeted in a post that racked up almost 300 shares, along with a photo of various supplements, including melatonin and vitamin D (none of which have been proven to effectively prevent against Covid-19). “Also nasal spray with a couple of drops betadine in it. And gargle with original Listerine.” Another poster on Facebook wrote, “Gargling, nasal spray and eye drops with 1 percent providone iodine (betadine) results in dramatically better outcomes with Covid infections. I do this every time I’ve been exposed.” (This particular poster cites a 2020 paper written by a Bangladeshi plastic surgeon, one of several that investigates this question, to support this view.)

Betadine does make a diluted product, sold as a gargle to treat sore throat symptoms. But the manufacturers specifically state that it is not intended for ingestion, and that “Betadine Antiseptic products” — including the gargle — “have not been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19 or any other viruses.”

Needless to say, the side effects of ingesting Betadine can be nasty. Weinberg said that when he was doing his residency, he treated a patient who went into kidney failure after drinking iodine and had to be on dialysis (he eventually recovered, but only after he’d started urinating reddish-brown). “I’m sure it would cause all kinds of GI symptoms as well if you ate or drank enough of it,” he says. When asked if gargling Betadine could reduce the effects of Covid-19 or prevent transmission, Weinberg said, “Fuck no.”

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LeftInTX Sep 13 #13
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:03 PM

1. Neon tubular probing is going to be the next big thing ...




I read in the Evening Sun Tabloid that snorting Tobasco will prevent Covid.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 12:37 AM

16. What?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:06 PM

2. You might as well sell them a jar of magic beans at this point.



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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:06 PM

3. These people would rather eat wet shit than get the vaccine.

I guess they're really owning the libs.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:07 PM

4. Why not rubbing alcohol?



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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:09 PM

5. I thought that was the cure for getting rid of dog germs

after being kissed by a beagle.


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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:26 PM

10. LOL

Poor Snoopy

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:19 PM

6. Please Continue

The quicker they die, the faster the rest of us can get back some sense of normalcy.

Let them poison themselves. PLEASE!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:19 PM

7. Swell! I hope they wash it down with a Clorox chaser.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:23 PM

8. Some of them are prepared to take anything but the vaccine, proving they're just being bloody-minded

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Response to Doodley (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:26 PM

11. Owning the libs is their favorite hobby. They're addicted to it.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 12:39 AM

17. Bloody-minded is exactly what they are!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:25 PM

9. Of course they are

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 09:29 PM

12. I give up. It's not about vaccine "hesitancy" anymore. It's more like lunacy.

If they are that damned stupid, let them go. You can't reason with them.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 10:10 PM

13. Betadine is approved for gargling with mouth irritations, but not Covid

https://betadine.com/covid-19/

There are also Betadine douches that were frequently given in the hospital.

In small amounts it is harmless, but is about as effective on Covid as Vicks.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 10:26 PM

14. Oh. Well that sounds like a good idea.

Carry on.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Sep 13, 2021, 10:29 PM

15. If they gargled Listerine, at least they'd have better oral hygiene

Hmmm... I wonder how much money I could make by pushing Listerine enemas?

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #15)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:19 AM

19. Sell it as the only product that stops farts from smelling.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 06:52 AM

20. 300 Shares is hardly a trend.

Though this would obviously be a thing if FOX started pushing it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 07:11 AM

21. Please don't gargle with it, swallow it.

Follow it up with a shot of Clorox.

To be on the safe side finish up with 2 squirts of Lysol up your nose, in your ears, and up your ass.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 07:14 AM

22. Well, if you are dead, you are totally immune from covid 19.

NT

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 11:50 AM

23. TFG supporters are idiots

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