While the Coronavirus pandemic has gotten considerably better in much of the United States and safe and effective vaccines are available, the pandemic still poses a significant health threat both here in the United States and around the world.  However, even though the absolute best thing you can do to protect your self from COVID 19 is to get one of the FDA approved vaccines (I got both doses of the Pfizer vaccine)  many people are still falling prey to unscrupulous scammers who are peddling phony cures and treatments for the Coronavirus.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it had settled a lawsuit against Golden Sunrise Nutraceutical, Inc and Dr. Stephen Meis who marketed its Emergency -D-Virus plan as a treatment for COVID-19 through advertising on billboards, websites and social media, falsely claiming that it’s product would cause COVID-19 symptoms to disappear in two to four days.  In accordance with the terms of the settlement, the defendants will cease making unsupported health claims and provide refunds to scammed customers.

Daniel Kaufman, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection was particularly critical of Dr. Meis, saying “We rely on doctors to follow the scientific evidence when making claims about health products and conditions.  Helping to spread false and unproven claims about treating COVID and other diseases is that much worse when done by those in positions of trust.”

TIPS

As for healthcare products in general, you should be skeptical about any company that promises 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 FDA https://www.fda.gov/patients/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-resources-patients or the Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/

Remember B.S. – Be skeptical.  Whenever there will be breakthroughs to treat, prevent or cure any disease, particularly COVID 19 you are going to hear about it through legitimate news sources first rather than through ads in emails, text messages or posts on social media.

For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.”  Scamicide was recently cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

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