The Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration have sent warning letters to seven companies, telling them to stop claiming that their products can treat the coronavirus.
Recipients -- including televangelist Jim Bakker -- promote various oils, teas and other products online, and on social media services like Facebook and Twitter.
The agencies say in the letters that the products -- such as “Silver Sol Liquid,” sold by The Jim Bakker show -- are not approved treatments for covid-19.
“There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019,” the agencies write. “Thus, the claims cited above are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.”
The letters also provide examples of misleading online claims, including the following, which allegedly appeared on the website for the Jim Bakker show: “But this influenza [sic] that is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective? Well let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus, and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours, totally eliminate it, kills it, deactivates it.”
Other warning letter recipients include Vital Silver, Quinessence Aromatherapy, N-ergetics, GuruNanda, Vivify Holistic Clinic and Herbal Army.