Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Michigan state agencies have issued warnings against the use of Ivermectin, which has appeared as a new Internet sensation in guaranteeing prevention and treatment against the Coronavirus.

“FDA is concerned about the health o consumers who may self-medicate by taking Ivermectin products intended for animals, thinking they can be a substitute for Ivermectin intended for humans,” the FDA stated in a statement released recently. “People should never take animal drugs, as the FDA has only evaluated their safety and effectiveness in the particular animal species for which they are labeled.”

FDA, in the statement, further added that these animal drugs could cause serious harm to humans if consumed. Ivermectin is a pill that has so far been used to treat parasites, and now it went viral as one of the possible treatments of COVID-19 for pets or people. The name is doing rounds all across the mainstream as well as social media, and people are more likely to be influenced by the news. The warning from Michigan authorities and FDA has come following the high possibility of the drug being used by the population across the globe without any verification or confirmation.

The Michigan authorities came up with a more clear picture, confirming that the drug grabbed attention as a pre-publication paper claimed that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Corona, reacts in an effective way to Ivermectin. However, the study was neither conducted on animals nor humans. It was done on a petri dish, which hardly proves the drug’s contribution to the prevention or cure of COVID-19.

“We cannot emphasize this strongly enough: this study was not tested in humans or in animals,” Nora Wineland, a state veterinarian, said on Wednesday. “As intriguing as the results may be, at this point, they mean little to nothing in the actual prevention r treatment of COVID-19 in either animals or humans.”

Meanwhile, many drugs are being tested to make sure there is something available soon to prevent or cure the infection. Remdesivir, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, and azithromycin are some of them being looked forward to, according to Laboratory Equipment, a pharmaceutical publication. Until the cure is found out, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, has requested citizens to be prevented and follow the measures by staying at home, washing hands frequently, covering faces while coughing and sneezing, and wearing a homemade mask when going out.