Despite the coronavirus pandemic threatening to put societies most vulnerable in the gravest of situations, some are still using possible therapeutic drugs as an alternative or even a reason to avoid vaccination; the media and the majority on social media are right to denounce such people. Many have claimed that ivermectin is more than an parasite drug, but it is in a family of drugs called avermectin, and the “verm” part of avermectin literally refers to “worms”, with “a” meaning 'without' and “vermis” meaning 'worm' in Latin. We have already seen people self-medicating during the COVID-19 pandemic, death and long-term health problems have been caused from overdosing on fish tank cleaner in sad attempts to self-administer hydroxychloroquine, a drug that was the subject of a similarly misleading narrative earlier in the pandemic. So following similar reports of people using ivermectin medications sold for animals in much larger doses than would be recommended for humans are justifiably concerning, and governments and healthcare bodies are right to denounce the use of ivermectin. Even the very few studies that have demonstrated some antiviral efficacy of the drug have demonstrated clear limitations, and the company that developed ivermectin, Merck, have also reiterated that there is no good evidence that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19, and that self-administration is unsafe.