I've taken a cursory look at the ivermectin phenomenon, and there's one figure who seems central to its initial rise: Sen. Ron Johnson /1
Hydroxychloroquine started trending almost immediately in the first week of March 2020. The spikes on Google Trends coincide with Trump tweets, (linked below)
There are also spikes for dexamethasone and regeneron around Trump's hospitalization


thetrumparchive.com/?searchbox=%22… Image
Ivermectin first spikes in December 2020 coinciding with a committee hearing called by Ron Johnson, where ivermectin was discussed extensively /3


The RonJon hearing also triggered a miniature wave of fact-check stories concerning ivermectin /4

The 2nd now-persistent spike in ivermectin interest began around June 22, 2021

This coincides with (1) a pro-ivermectin feature in The Epoch Times; (2) news that Oxford was beginning a clinical study of IVM treatment for COVID



This brings us back to Sen. Ron Johnson, who was seen again touting ivermectin on Fox Business on June 30, 2021, while also criticizing Democrats for covering up the "lab leak" theory


Finally, on July 9, 2021 we have Tucker Carlson touting ivermectin, with a guest who says IVM "moots" the need for COVID vaccines


Other relevant points: Joe Rogan featured ivermectin on a June 22, 2021 episode

Robert Malone touted ivermectin on Tucker on June 24

In the 1st week of Aug there seems to have been a Streisand Effect from a wave of "ivermectin doesn't work" stories

google.com/search?q=iverm… Image

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