Pulmonary and critical care specialist Dr. Pierre Kory, author of the medical textbook Point of Care Ultrasound, is an educator and self-described pioneer in teaching doctors how to use ultrasound machines. In response to global health organizations’ seemingly one-note strategy in the fight against Covid — namely, vaccination as the sole means of preventing further spread — Kory states that other tactics need to be applied, particularly in light of the numerous breakthrough infections.

“We need more tools in the toolbox,” Kory says. “Going after this thing with one tool is insufficient.”

Early treatment is one such tactic that Kory believes can aid in the Covid fight. “If I get to [a patient] early on the first day,” he states, “I can usually clear them up within two or three days.”

On the topic of monoclonal antibodies, which are still available only to those with certain risk factors, Kory admits, “We don’t know if that saves lives,” adding that “it definitely seems to reduce hospitalization.” He also concedes that this treatment is not scalable for everyone who currently has COVID, due to the difficulty involved in its administration.

Kory states, however, that ivermectin is effective and that recent randomized control trials prove the efficacy of virucidal mouthwashes, although certain medical experts would dismiss those trials based on insufficient evidence.

He goes on to say that repurposed drugs — those that were originally approved for another purpose, lost their patent protection, and are now being used to treat an illness outside of the original — are dismissed due to the fact there’s no money to be made off them. 

“The science around them is distorted and [doubt is created by the pharmaceutical companies] in order to pave the way for more profitable medicines,” Kory says. “That’s how the system works.”