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Published on March 16th, 2020

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A Growing List of Coronavirus Scams

As researchers race to develop a coronavirus vaccine that may not be ready for months — if not years — scammers are aggressively pushing a variety of products they falsely claim help prevent, treat or cure the virus, which has killed tens of thousands of people worldwide. Products range from supplements to essential oils, teas to toothpastes.

TINA.org has already alerted readers to a number of coronavirus scams, including a “Corona Virus Oil” from an essential oils seller; a colloidal silver product marketed to “kill” the coronavirus; and a “Fruits & Veggies” supplement whose formulator claimed in a recent radio interview can help ward off the virus.

But there are so many more reported coronavirus scams out there. To help consumers avoid becoming a victim, TINA.org has created a list of known and alleged scams to watch out for (see below). The list goes beyond false health claims related to the coronavirus to include any marketer that seeks to take advantage of the pandemic. Check back often for updates. And if there is a product or company you think should be added to the list, let us know here.

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If you’re looking for ways to protect yourself (and others) from the coronavirus, the CDC has several suggestions, including washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you become sick, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

Find more information from the CDC here.

This article was last updated 6/3/20.

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