A guest post by Dr. Hector E. Carvallo, who conducted the first human trials of ivermectin for the prevention of COVID-19, and who was subsequently attacked.

“…with the same rod that you measure, you will be measured…”

Take a look at the symbols above. Which do you think is the one widely accepted as the symbol of modern medicine?

The Rod of Asclepius, seen on the left, is a rough and humble piece of wood surrounded by a single serpent. It is associated with Asclepius, a Greek god known for his healing powers.

The Rod of Hermes, on the right, is an exquisitely carved staff, topped with a pommel, crowned with a pair of wings and surrounded by two snakes.

While Asclepius represents medicine, Hermes represents trade and travel and is the god who protects merchants and thieves.

These may seem like trivial concepts to explore amid the desolation and pain left in the wake of the COVID pandemic. However, they serve a useful purpose to determine some of the non-epidemiological characteristics revealed by this scourge.

Over the last three years, physicians have fallen into two diametrically-opposed groups: those who blindly followed orders — replicating behaviors imposed on them without questioning anything — and those who dared to think critically and act accordingly.

The first group, which dwarfs the second in size, can be subdivided into three more groups: the ignorant, the cowardly, and the corrupt.

The ignorant are those who — incapable of thinking for themselves — obeyed crazy orders and ended up:

  • Leaving patients to their own devices until their condition was so desperate they required admission to the hospital.
  • Keeping those infected isolated from the outside world, but surrounded by their families, thus guaranteeing further contagion.
  • Once admitted to the hospital, inflating patients like soccer balls and adding further trauma to already inflamed lungs.
  • Disbelieving everything that was instilled in them during their medical training (e.g., early treatment is more effective than late treatment; natural immunity is superior to artificial immunity; treatments must be adapted to each patient, etc.)
  • Reviling colleagues who did not act in accordance with “the norm.”
  • Injecting themselves and others with an experimental agent.

I could continue this list of aberrations, but the article would be too long…