Washington, DC – News about COVID-19 is spreading faster than the virus itself, and as Americans seek information to keep themselves safe and healthy, it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction.
We have seen many people come together during these circumstances, and unfortunately, we have also seen bad actors using this pandemic to scam innocent people for personal gain.
As you sift through the vast information, products, and tips out there, remember to listen to government officials and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and you should also listen to your doctor.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn outlined the importance of listening to your doctor and explained how the FDA is working to stop health fraud.
By FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn
The spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has captured the attention of the world.
Understandably, people are concerned about the best ways to protect themselves and their loved ones. Along with the heightened focus surrounding this global outbreak comes the potential for consumers to be lured into buying unproven or fraudulent products or medicines that claim to treat, prevent or cure infections, including COVID-19.
We are aware that unscrupulous marketers are hawking products online and in stores that claim to do just that. Consumers should be wary of anyone making these claims and instead talk with a licensed health care professional before taking or using any such product. Taking matters into your own hands by purchasing and using unproven products without consulting your doctor puts you and others at risk for serious health consequences.
As part of our effort to combat deceptive activity, we are working closely with major retailers who are monitoring their online marketplaces for fraudulent products with novel coronavirus and other pathogen claims. To date, the FDA has received reports of more than 90 products marketed with unapproved claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19. The agency has found 50 products marketed on popular online marketplaces with similar, unproven claims. All of these listings have been removed by their respective marketplaces.
Read his full thoughts here.
Additional COVID-19 Resources:
E&C Republicans COVID-19 page
CDC COVID-19 website