A cure for coronavirus? Don't buy it.
Fear of the new coronavirus has swept across the globe, and we all want a cure. Some companies are taking advantage of the fear and confusion this can create. But don’t let them fool you.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stepped in to stop the sale of scam products that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The FDA, along with the Federal Trade Commission, has sent dozens of warning letters to companies accusing them of marketing products that are a threat to public health. The products targeted by the FDA included teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver. A key concern is that people with COVID-19 who use these bogus products might delay or stop appropriate medical care. That could be a life-threatening choice.
The facts about COVID-19 treatment
There are no vaccines or drugs approved to treat COVID-19 yet, according to federal health officials. Some treatments are being investigated. But they haven’t been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. A vaccine for widespread use is at least a year away. Right now the only treatment for COVID-19 is supportive care, such as giving oxygen to people who are having trouble breathing.
The FDA cautions everyone to be wary of any website or store selling anything that claims to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. Fake products may come in many forms, such as foods, dietary supplements, and unapproved medical devices, drugs, and vaccines. Protect yourself from products being falsely marketed to treat COVID-19. Check out the full list of companies receiving letters from the FDA to stop selling scam products.
Call your doctor first
Don’t be misled. Call your doctor before using any product that claims to prevent or treat COVID-19.
This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual’s physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual’s particular health plan.