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Josh Packham plans to take controversial horse medication Ivermectin to treat his Covid symptoms

The Block’s Josh Packham has contracted Covid-19 and is set to spend Christmas in isolation.

And on Wednesday, he revealed his controversial treatment plan for battling the virus – taking the horse medication Ivermectin. 

Rather than heed warnings by medical professionals that the drug should not be used to treat Covid, the 27-year-old announced on Instagram ‘I’m going to listen to [podcaster] Joe Rogan, [UFC boss] Dana White‘. 

Bad idea: The Block star Josh Packham (pictured) has revealed his controversial treatment plan for battling the virus -taking the horse medication Ivermectin- in his Instagram Stories

Packham said he’d ordered a number of drug treatments online that ‘the government doesn’t want people to take’. 

One of those he cited was the antiparastic medication, Ivermectin.

‘What I am concerned about is that there are no early prevention methods put in place by the government. They basically say have the vaccine, if you catch it stay in isolation or 14 days, and if you’re a really bad case, go to hospital, blah blah blah,’ he explained.  

‘I’m going to listen to Joe Rogan, Dana White. They had Azithromycin, Monoclonal and Ivermectin. I’ve got those three on the way for myself today,’ said the Love Island star.

Not health professionals: Rather than heed warnings by medical professionals that the drug should not be used to treat Covid, the 27-year-old announced 'I'm going to listen to [podcaster] Joe Rogan (pictured), [UFC boss] Dana White'

Not health professionals: Rather than heed warnings by medical professionals that the drug should not be used to treat Covid, the 27-year-old announced ‘I’m going to listen to [podcaster] Joe Rogan (pictured), [UFC boss] Dana White’

‘The government for some reason don’t want people to take them – apparently it’s dangerous. I’m going to take it, and we’ll see if it works for me, I’m sure it will. What’s more dangerous, Covid or FDA-approved drugs? We’ll see.’

Contrary to Josh’s claim, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Ivermectin for use in treating Covid.

The Administration’s website says they have in fact ‘received multiple reports of patients who have required medical attention, including hospitalization, after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for livestock.’

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) meanwhile ‘strongly discourages self-medication and self-dosing with ivermectin for Covid-19 as it may be dangerous to your health.’

His role model: '[White and Rogan] had Azithromycin, Monoclonal and Ivermectin. I've got those three on the way for myself today,' said the Love Island star. Pictured: UFC boss Dana White in September

His role model: ‘[White and Rogan] had Azithromycin, Monoclonal and Ivermectin. I’ve got those three on the way for myself today,’ said the Love Island star. Pictured: UFC boss Dana White in September

A celebrity boxing match held in Melbourne last week has triggered a pre-Christmas Covid panic after one of the guests tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. 

Packham was one of those who attended the ‘Pretender to Contender: Whatever It Takes’ boxing event, hosted by Team Ellis promotions at the Melbourne Pavillion on Friday night, and returned a positive result four days later.

There are now fears the gathering could become an Omicron super-spreader event after Josh – who was in the crowd watching his identical twin brother Luke face off against Bachelorette alum Shannon Karaka – told anyone who was around him in the last week not to ‘muck around’ and to get tested immediately.

Fears: A celebrity boxing match held in Melbourne last week has triggered a pre-Christmas Covid panic after attendee Packham tested positive for the virus on Tuesday

Fears: A celebrity boxing match held in Melbourne last week has triggered a pre-Christmas Covid panic after attendee Packham tested positive for the virus on Tuesday 

Also taking to the ring were Bachelorette stars Ciarran Stott and Shannon Karaka, Married At First Sight’s Sam Carraro, and Love Island’s Todd Elton.

Neighbours star Benjamin Turland, singer Jackson Brazier (JXN), and Married At First Sight’s Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson, who recently welcomed twin boys, were just some of the celebrities in attendance. 

Joining them were MAFS stars Alana Lister, Belinda Vickers, Steve Burley and James Susler, along with Bachelorette star Pascal Wallace. 

At one stage, MAFS rivals Bryce, 32, and Sam, 33, were embroiled in a shocking brawl after exchanging barbs following the match.   

Support: Josh Packham attended the 'Pretender to Contender: Whatever It Takes' boxing event, hosted by Team Ellis promotions at the Melbourne Pavillion on Friday night, and returned a positive result four days later. Pictured with his twin brother Luke (left) at the event

Support: Josh Packham attended the ‘Pretender to Contender: Whatever It Takes’ boxing event, hosted by Team Ellis promotions at the Melbourne Pavillion on Friday night, and returned a positive result four days later. Pictured with his twin brother Luke (left) at the event

Fight club: Also taking to the ring were Bachelorette stars Ciarran Stott and Shannon Karaka, Married At First Sight's Sam Carraro (pictured), and Love Island's Todd Elton

Making an appearance: Married At First Sight's Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson, who recently welcomed twin boys, were just some of the celebrities in attendance

Fight club: Also taking to the ring were Bachelorette stars Ciarran Stott and Shannon Karaka, Married At First Sight’s Sam Carraro (left), and Love Island’s Todd Elton. Pictured right: Married At First Sight’s Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson

Attendee: Also spotted at the event was Married at First Sight star Alana Lister

Attendee: Also spotted at the event was Married at First Sight star Alana Lister

A stream of reality stars: Married at First Sight stars Belinda Vickers also joined the string of TV stars at the event

Also there: MAFS star Steve Burley also rocked up to the match on Friday

A stream of reality stars: Married at First Sight stars Belinda Vickers (left) and Steve Burley (right) also joined the string of TV stars at the event

Josh shared a series of videos on Instagram Stories on Tuesday, admitting he wasn’t surprised by the positive test result. 

‘I just got my results back, and no surprises guys, I’m positive,’ he began, before revealing he wouldn’t be able to spend Christmas with his loved ones. 

‘Obviously it sucks that I’m not going to be able to spend Christmas with family and friends, but I do have my roommate isolating with me, so that’s the one thing we can take out,’ he continued.

Also in attendance: Bachelorette 'villain' Pascal Wallace and model girlfriend Jodie were at the event, alongside their baby son Archie

Also in attendance: Bachelorette ‘villain’ Pascal Wallace and model girlfriend Jodie were at the event, alongside their baby son Archie

Punching on: At one stage, MAFS rivals Bryce, 32, and Sam, 33, were embroiled in a shocking brawl after exchanging barbs following the match

Caught: Several bystanders, including their MAFS co-star Steve Burley, pried them apart

Punching on: At one stage, MAFS rivals Bryce, 32, and Sam, 33, were embroiled in a shocking brawl after exchanging barbs following the match 

Home for the holidays: The 27-year-old Block star shared a series of videos on Instagram Stories, admitting he wasn't surprised by the positive test result

Home for the holidays: The 27-year-old Block star shared a series of videos on Instagram Stories, admitting he wasn’t surprised by the positive test result 

He added: ‘We’re doing it together.’ 

Josh said he was ‘actually not feeling that sick’ at the time of his video, revealing his symptoms had been worse the previous day. 

‘A bit of a cough, bit of a head cold sort of feeling, but I’ve got plenty of energy. Yesterday I was sort of having the sweats and body aches, but today, way better,’ he added.

Coping: Josh said he was 'actually not feeling that sick' at the time of his video, revealing his symptoms had been worse the previous day

Coping: Josh said he was ‘actually not feeling that sick’ at the time of his video, revealing his symptoms had been worse the previous day 

The former Love Island star said he was hopeful he’d ‘knock it off pretty quickly’ and ‘might even be able to get out for New Year’s’. 

He said he most likely contracted the virus during a recent trip to Melbourne, admitting he ‘came in contact with a lot of friends’. 

‘So if you’re watching this, probably go and get tested immediately, guys. Don’t muck around with it,’ he urged his Melbourne-based friends. 

Contact tracing: He said he most likely contracted the virus during a recent trip to Melbourne, admitting he 'came in contact with a lot of friends'

Contact tracing: He said he most likely contracted the virus during a recent trip to Melbourne, admitting he ‘came in contact with a lot of friends’

He also suggested that anyone who approached him ‘to say hi’ during his trip should also ‘probably go get tested’.

Josh finished out his videos with a cautionary message for his followers, urging them to ‘do the right thing’.

‘If you do want to spend Christmas with your family, it’s probably best to keep your distance from people you’re not really close with and keep that close circle as small as possible, because chances are you will catch it, because it’s running rampant through Sydney and Melbourne right now,’ he said. 

'I just got my results back, and no surprises guys, I'm positive,' he began, before revealing he wouldn't be able to spend Christmas with his loved ones

‘I just got my results back, and no surprises guys, I’m positive,’ he began, before revealing he wouldn’t be able to spend Christmas with his loved ones

He added: ‘If you want to spend Christmas with your family, just do the right thing.’

In a separate post on Instagram on Tuesday, Josh shared a smiling selfie as he made a ‘peace’ sign with his fingers.

‘Peace out guys, see you in 2022 #covid #positive #iso #christmasiniso,’ he captioned the photo. 

Stay safe: Josh finished out his videos with a cautionary message for his followers, urging them to 'do the right thing'

Stay safe: Josh finished out his videos with a cautionary message for his followers, urging them to ‘do the right thing’

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