False Coronavirus Cures

Antiviral, immune-boosting properties top the list in FDA warning letters
U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Last updated: 4/28/2020

With Coronavirus closing shops and restaurants all over the country, Americans are spending more time communicating with friends digitally, engaging on social media, and shopping online. Alongside media engagement, concern over health and financial costs escalates to new heights with every new report.  

This combination of fear and online shopping has left a comfortable niche for one group: scammers. 

Products that claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose or cure an ailment like the novel Coronavirus must be classified as a drug, requiring approval from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). As of April 19th, the agency has sent 34 warning letters to companies who lack the necessary proof and evaluation to substantiate claims like those.

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