Anti-viral cards? Bogus. Horse milk? Big no. Electronic virus zappers? Fiction. Intravenous and ozone therapies? Negative. Nasal spray? Yes for decongestants, no for corona. Supplements, vitamins and herbal remedies? Baseless.
Seniors are being flooded by products making unsubstantiated claims (maybe even fraudulent) that they can "treat" or "prevent" COVID-19, without any supporting scientific evidence. The result? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has sent out over 330 letter to product companies and marketers warning them to stop immediately or face fines and forced customer refunds.
The real danger here, is not that you may be wasting your money (which is bad enough), but that you may let down your guard thinking you're safer than you really are with one of these products, thereby exposing yourself to more danger than you otherwise would.
The other danger, is that you may use one of these products as an alternative treatment if you do have COVID-19, preventing you from seeking more scientifically backed treatments that have a higher likelihood of success.
Here are some of the more common "treatments" that have been making false medical claims: Cannabinol, colloidal silver, acupuncture, intravenous Vitamin C, hydrotherapy, electromagnetic therapy, chiropractic therapies, nebulizers and more.
Some of the brands and marketers who have received FTC warning for making unsubstantiated claims include:
Provita Health Store
Xlear (nasal spray)
UWell Life (skincare products)
Whole World Botanicals
OrganyLife (mare's milk)
Canadian Chaga (Chaga tea, capsules and tinctures)
There are many others making unsubstantiated COVID-19 cure and prevention claims. Mike Lindell and Phoenix Biotechnology have been promoting oleandrin, despite no clinical proof it's effective against COVID 19. The latest study it references took place in 2016, before COVID 19 was even a thing.
The bottom line is don't believe the hype. While there's something very appealing about having access to a quick cure, a magic bullet or a non-mainstream solution - especially when the mainstream doesn't have a cure, don't waste your money.
The point isn't that vitamins aren't good for you or that chiropractic therapies aren't beneficial. But what these companies can't do, is make a claim that is not supported by medical evidence.
Could they help? Possibly. But just because you can't tell me something won't work, doesn't mean it will. For example, lets say I make the claim that eating 4 avocados a day will act as an immune system boost, thereby helping you fight off the coronavirus. There have been no studies supporting that claim. Then again, one might say prove to me it doesn't work - and I can't, at least not without a substantial amount of research. That's what these snake oil salesmen rely upon. However the onus should always be on the person making the health claim to provide the evidence, not vice versa.
So, be on guard. If it sounds too good to be true, trust your gut. If a health claim is made for a COVID cure, look for the evidence. Moreover, check the CDC's website. If you can't find the product as a recommended cure there, don't believe the hype!