Some people have been downplaying the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, thinking it’s nothing to fear. Well, the CDC just advised people to stockpile three months’ worth of medications and food so I guess it’s time everyone starts taking it seriously.
Health officials say the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Also, make sure to avoid sick people and don’t touch anything that could transfer the virus. Tap or click here for ways to disinfect your phone.
The most important thing to remember about COVID-19 is there is no cure. So, no, those products being sold online claiming to cure the coronavirus are complete frauds.
Don’t fall for these fake coronavirus cures
We know there isn’t a cure for coronavirus at the moment, so keeping areas clean with a disinfectant is key. Tap or click here to see the list of approved disinfectants by the EPA.
Sadly, with people’s fears rising all across the globe, hucksters have been trying to take advantage by selling fake coronavirus cures. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are stepping in to try and stop the nonsense.
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The agencies issued warning letters earlier this week to seven companies for selling products claiming to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. The FDA said products like these may lead consumers to delay getting proper diagnoses and treatments, and result in life-threatening harm.
Here is a list of the companies that received warning letters:
- Vital Silver
- Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd.
- Xephyr, LLC doing business as N-Ergetics
- GuruNanda, LLC
- Vivify Holistic Clinic
- Herbal Amy LLC
- The Jim Bakker Show
The products cited in these warning letters are teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver. The FDA has previously warned colloidal silver is not safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.
Companies were given 48 hours to respond to the warning letter to let the agencies know what specific steps they have taken to correct the violations. Companies that sell products fraudulently claiming to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 may be subject to legal action, including but not limited to seizure or injunction.
Both the FDA and FTC plan further action by monitoring social media, online marketplaces and incoming complaints to help ensure these companies do not continue to sell fraudulent products under a different company name or another website. Needless to say, the FDA andFTC aren’t messing around.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, advice, or health objectives.