Do not fall victim to those preying on hope and fear. Everyone wants to find a magical cure to help prevent us from being infected with the virus or to help cure the virus if we are already infected.
This can leave the population vulnerable to con artists and people who charge exorbitant prices for unproven products. Some of these “solutions” can be dangerous to your health.
COVID-19 is novel. There is still a lot to learn about the virus. There is no known way to fortify your immunity to save yourself from infection or finding a cure. But hopefully one day there will be a vaccine.
Think twice before you spend your hard-earned money on the following products. Instead, follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for staying safe and healthy. And please remember: the coronavirus can be prevented by washing your hands.
The following products have been circulating the internet as items that can help during the coronavirus pandemic. But they are overpriced, unproven and some are even dangerous.
13. Vitamin C
Newsweek has reported that high doses of vitamin C are being used in experimental treatments for COVID-19 patients. This has lead to an increase in sales of orange juice in some areas.
The professor of biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, Peter McCaffery, states, “Taking large doses of vitamin C tablets would be very unlikely to protect you from COVID-19—unless you were actually vitamin C deficient, which with a normal diet is quite rare”
12. Sodium Chlorite
The FDA recently posted a warning on their website to not drink “Miracle” or “Master” Mineral solution or other sodium chlorite products. The FDA has received many reports that these products are being sold online as COVID-19 treatments and have made people sick.
The FDA warned customers in 2010 not to drink these products, but they are making the rounds on social media. When these products are mixed according to the manufacturer’s directions, they become a strong chemical that is used in bleach.
Some distributors and manufacturers are making dangerous claims that this compound mixed with citric acid is an antiviral, antimicrobial, and antibacterial that can cure cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, cancer, flu, and the coronavirus.
There is currently no data that the FDA is aware of that supports these claims, but most importantly, these products are not safe for ingestion. It can also delay other treatments that have been shown to be safe and effective.