I am a 64-year-old metabolically healthy US expat retired in Cuenca, Ecuador. My retirement hobby for years prior to the pandemic is learning more about sustaining health at the biochemical level. When the pandemic hit, I read COVID-19 studies as a way to regain control over the situation. I believe this lack of control over one’s fate is what is so devastating for humanity. Early in 2020, I found the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and followed version 1.0 of prevention, the supplements recommended in the MATH+ protocol. When I read the I-MASK+ prevention protocol added ivermectin, I knew the Ecuadorian government had changed its over-the-counter (OTC) status to prescription in March, 2021. Timidly I approached my neighborhood pharmacist who had gotten to know me and asked if he would sell ivermectin without a prescription. Ecuadorian pharmacists know this medicine has been OTC for years as a twice-yearly prophylactic for parasites. He sold it to me without an Rx, probably at great risk to his job. I texted him the link to the World Ivermectin Day website and he agreed to share it with his colleagues. The power of the common people is how we take back control from this virus and get out of this pandemic!