If you see a treatment or cure for influenza or COVID-19 that looks too good to be true, it probably is.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns about unapproved products that claim to protect people from catching the flu (influenza) or COVID. These products could be unsafe. They include herbal teas, dietary supplements, mouthwashes, essential oils, tinctures, colloidal silver, and air filters.
Wording To Watch For:
The FDA has not approved any over-the-counter medications or products that can prevent or cure influenza or COVID-19. These phrases often are on fake products:
- Reduces the severity and length of illness
- Boosts your immunity
- Is a safe and effective alternative to the vaccine
- Treats a wide range of diseases
- Contains secret ingredients
- Includes personal testimonials
What About Covid-19 Test Kits?
The FDA also is warning people about COVID-19 test kits sold for at-home use without its approval. The FDA has approved one at-home test for people ages 14 years and older who have a doctor’s prescription. Other ways to be tested for COVID-19 are to contact your health care provider or visit a testing site.
People also should be cautious about using online pharmacies that offer antiviral prescription medication at low prices without a doctor’s prescription. These pharmacies usually are not in the United States. The medications may have harmful ingredients. If you use an online pharmacy, make sure it
Check With Your Pediatrician
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or influenza, call your pediatrician. They decide the best way to care for your child. Common symptoms of both illnesses include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, stuffy or runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. One symptom more likely with COVID-19 is the loss of taste or smell.
There are still a lot of unknowns regarding all aspects of COVID-19 and the new variants as well as rapidly changing guidance regarding COVID. If you have questions or concerns, your best resource is your doctor’s office.
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