The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread both in the United States and worldwide with many people rightfully concerned about contracting the disease.  I have been warning you about coronavirus related scams since February.   In particular I have reported on the efforts of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop scammers from preying on the fears of people by selling them worthless or even harmful phony cures and treatments.  Recently, the FTC filed a complaint against Golden Sunrise Nutraceutical, Inc. a California company falsely claiming that its $23,000 treatment plan would effectively cure the Coronavirus within two to four days.  It is important to remember that the World Health Organization has stated that there are ” no known effective therapeutics” available to prevent or treat the coronavirus.

According to FTC Chairman Joe Simons, “There is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus.  What we don’t need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims.”

Selling phony medical cures, according to the FTC, is nothing new for Golden Sunrise Nutraceutical, Inc. which the FTC says also has sold a variety of bogus dietary supplements intended to treat cancer, Parkinson’s disease and other serious health conditions with some of their treatments costing as much as $100,000.

TIPS

As for healthcare products in general, you should be skeptical about companies that promise miraculous cures to illnesses and medical conditions.  The world is full of snake oil salesmen.  You should also be wary of any healthcare product that is sold exclusively either over the Internet or through mail-order advertisements. The best course of action is to ask your physician about the effectiveness of a particular product or program before you buy it.  As for the Coronavirus specifically, the best places to get reliable information are  the World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus and the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html  You also can find trustworthy Coronavirus treatment information at the website of the FDA. https://www.fda.gov/patients/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-resources-patients

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