- The 71-year-old cardiologist said he took ivermectin to prevent a COVID-19 infection
- The event’s organizer dismissed claims that the summit was a “super-spreader event”
- Approximately 900 people attended the “COVID summit”
Seven doctors who joined an anti-vaccine gathering earlier this month have tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Bruce Boros, a 71-year-old cardiologist and anti-vaccine advocate, was one of the seven doctors who attended a “Florida COVID Summit” organized by Dr. John Littell on Nov. 6. At the summit, attendees discussed a range of alternative COVID-19 vaccinations and treatments, including natural immunity and ivermectin.
“I have been on ivermectin for 16 months, my wife and I,” Dr. Boros declared at the end of the summit, according to The Daily Beast. “I have never felt healthier in my life.”
Two days after the event, Boros fell ill with COVID-19. Six other doctors who also attended the event were also diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. However, Littell, the head organizer of the event, dismissed claims that the conference — which was attended by approximately 900 participants — was a “super-spreader event.”
“I think they had gotten it from New York or Michigan or wherever they were from,” he told the Beast, adding that Boros has been responding well to ivermectin.
Despite his remarks, the publication said sources disclosed that Boros was gravely ill at his Key West home. The Beast did not identify the sources.
Ivermectin is used to treat external parasites and parasitic worms in large animals, like horses and cows. In humans, ivermectin is used primarily as a treatment for parasites and head lice.
While many have touted ivermectin as a cure to COVID-19, health experts and the FDA have advised against it. Several studies did not find evidence that ivermectin is effective in treating COVID-19.
Prior to the event, Boros repeatedly promoted ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment “being used around the world.” In the same post, the 71-year-old cardiologist also called White House chief medical advisor and the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a “fraud.”
During an interview with Keys Weekly over his remarks about Fauci, Boros claimed he just wanted to “help patients” and prevent COVID-19 deaths.
“He’s never mentioned any other drugs that doctors in other countries are finding success with, including Ivermectin, which has been around for 40 years, only costs $4 a pill and is used to treat pinworms, lice and scabies in children,” he said, adding: “It breaks my heart that a town like this has made something so political and hateful.”