With the Coronavirus pandemic is diminishing, the pandemic still poses a significant health threat both here in the United States and around the world.  However, even though the best thing you can do to protect your self from COVID 19 is to get one of the FDA approved vaccines and boosters, many people are still falling prey to unscrupulous scammers who peddle phony cures and treatments for the Coronavirus.

Recently the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) , the Department of Justice (JOD) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jointly sued the marketer of Earth Tea, an herbal tea that sells for $60 for a 16 ounce bottle and which the makers of the tea have falsely represented as an incredibly effective medicine to avoid being infected by the Coronavirus.

According to Samuel Levine, the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, “Without any scientific evidence, the defendants claimed that drinking their herbal tea is more effective in preventing COVID-19 than approved vaccines, and cures anyone who has gotten ill within 24 hours.”

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, 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 which is where Earth Tea was marketed.

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  cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

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