Pro-Trump cartoonist Ben Garrison says he’s treating his COVID-19 with ivermectin and beets.
Neither are proven COVID-19 treatments. Garrison said he would “never” go to the hospital to treat him.
In communicating with Gizmodo, he repeated many false claims about the virus and vaccines.
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Right-wing cartoonist Ben Garrison says he has a “severe” case of COVID-19 and is treating it with ivermectin and beet juice, according to Gizmodo.
Garrison, known for his strongly pro-Donald Trump cartoons, told the outlet in an email Sunday that he and his wife had been sick for about two weeks with the coronavirus, which they believe they caught at a restaurant.
Garrison wrote to the outlet that he and his wife, both in their 60s, drink beet juice and “take ivermectin and various vitamins, including lots of zinc.”
Beets have many health benefits, as reported by Insider’s Ashley Laderer, but they have not been proven to treat or prevent COVID-19.
As for vitamin supplements, including zinc, Harvard Health Blog wrote in April that “most of the evidence is unconvincing” that they could effectively treat the virus.
Ivermectin is an inexpensive and widely available drug that has been misrepresented by fringe doctors as a miracle cure for COVID-19, as reported by Insider’s Hilary Brueck.
It has Food and Drug Administration approval to treat some conditions but not COVID-19; the agency says the available data did not support its use as such, although trials are ongoing.
Nonetheless, it’s increasingly being touted by vaccine opponents as an alternative to COVID-19 vaccines, a stance Garrison appears to endorse.
He told Gizmodo that he and his wife would “never” get vaccinated or go to the hospital for treatment for COVID-19, while repeating numerous false claims about both things.
Garrison’s cartoons typically ridicule Democratic and left-leaning figures, but also have a lot to say about the coronavirus — including endorsing unproven treatments like ivermectin.
A cartoon, tweeted from an account called @CartoonsBen and claiming to be controlled by Garrison and his wife, illustrates this sentiment.
In the cartoon, a horse labeled “ivermectin” is seen kicking a character labeled “Dr. Fauci”, who is holding a falling syringe labeled “medical industrial complex”.
“Get some horse sense!” says the horse – a reference to the fact that ivermectin in the United States is most commonly used as a veterinary treatment.
In a lengthy blog post accompanying the cartoon on Garrison’s website, he said, “My vet has confirmed that anything your horse can take is safe for humans.” This, as Insider’s Canela López reported, is misleading advice.
Responding to a detailed request for comment from Insider, Garrison said, “Write your propaganda – people know the truth.” He didn’t specify if the @CartoonsBen account was his.
Marianne Guenot contributed reporting for this article.
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