KEY POINTS

  • The members of the QAnon Telegram group believe COVID is a hoax
  • The man took the child to a hospital later and updated that she is doing well
  • The FDA says available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID

A man reportedly gave his six-month-old granddaughter Ivermectin, after which the child began to "turn blue and throw up." The man was following the advice he received from an underground QAnon Telegram group, whose members believe COVID is a hoax.

The shocking incident was revealed in a Vice report, done by a reporter who infiltrated the group. 

The man, identified as Jason, approached the group with concern after the child began showing "flu-like symptoms." The kid's mother had tested COVID positive last week. "Do you guys think it’s safe to give ivermectin to an infant?" Jason asked the group members. 

While one member wanted him to give the child "baby aspirin to thin the blood a little and drop any fever," another user named Katie claimed Ivermectin was safe.

“From what I understand, yes it is safe to give to an infant, however, please stop calling it COVID, it’s not COVID, it’s a simple cold. That’s how we got in this mess, to begin with,” Katie wrote.

Jason said he followed Katie's advice and gave the child "two doses of ivermectin at 50mg each." He added that the child, however, got very sick. 

“Baby threw up. Is that a common side effect? She's also turning a tad blue," Jason said.

Though many members then advised him to go to a hospital, Jason replied "We don’t trust hospitals. I told my son to give her more ivermectin."

Many members now began to plead with Jason to take the kid to the hospital and one group member, claiming to be a respiratory therapist, wrote. "I’ve seen too many go south due to O2 levels being low. The blue is hypoxia and that’s a lack of oxygen at the tissue level. Please!”

The man ultimately took the child to the hospital and later updated that she is "doing better."

The Vice report added that the group had over 21,000 members and features the number 88 in its name. 88 is reportedly a hate symbol that many white supremacist groups use as a numerical code for "Heil Hitler."

The group, reportedly headed by conspiracy theorist Mike Penny, has also been advising people to approach local feed stores to get the non-human form of the drug. 

This comes as Ivermectin is being promoted as a treatment for COVID by a small group of doctors, right-wing commentators, and such internet groups. 

The drug Ivermectin is an antiparasitic medication used to treat infestations in humans including head lice, scabies and river blindness. According to U.S. Food And Drug Administration, Ivermectin is not an approved drug for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. The FDA added that available data do not show ivermectin is effective against COVID-19 and taking large doses of ivermectin is dangerous.

Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug, has been widely distributed in Latin America as a treatment for coronavirus Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug, has been widely peddled as a treatment for coronavirus Photo: AFP / Luis ROBAYO