An Alaska state senator’s refusal to wear a mask on a plane forced her to drive 750 miles and take a ferry to vote against a public health emergency bill. Now, she has COVID-19.
Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, announced Tuesday that she has tested positive and has devised her own home remedy rather than take Tylenol as prescribed by doctors.
“Its my turn to battle Covid head on... game on! Who do you think is going to win?” she wrote on Facebook.
“I am taking lots of vitamins ABCD & Quercitin & zinc citrate. Vit E and aspirin to reduce clotting. I am blessed to have gotten Ivirmectin the ‘de -covider.’ My Vicks steamer has been a God send! My naturopath gave me tips too- that I am sure will work!”
Multiple federal health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, have warned people not to use ivermectin, specifying that for humans it is only meant to treat infections “caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.”
Ivermectin is not effective in treating COVID-19 and is dangerous in large doses, according to the FDA.
Reinbold was banned from Alaska Airlines — the only airline that travels from Juneau, the capital, to her district in Anchorage year-round — in April for flouting the federal mask mandate.
Last month, she asked to be excused from legislative sessions, saying it’s too difficult for her to travel to Juneau because of the ban.