COVID-19 Cures Offered Online: FDA Shuts Down Fraud

Grace Halsey

Fraudulent claims on treatments and cures for COVID-19 infection are flooding social media and other digital communications. Here, 6 samples of misinformation your patients may be reading.

On March 6, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to the 6 organizations below for "...selling fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."Cures or preventives promoted included essential oils and colloidal and ionic silver - substances claimed to have proven effective in Wuhan Province and throughout China to curb the spread of COIVD-19. The webites and social media accounts for all 6 have been stopped - but the dissemination of unfounded claims to the US consumers will not end soon. Please click through these examples of misinformation as illustrations of what your patients may be reading.