A lot of information is being pushed out about COVID-19, but not all the information on the Internet is true. Follow the precautions below before you use any product, including dietary supplements, marketed for preventing or treating COVID-19.
Be aware of fraudulent products that claim to treat, cure, or prevent COVID-19. These include:
- Dietary supplements
- Unapproved drugs
- Over-the-counter tests
At this time, no reliable evidence suggests any product is effective at preventing or treating COVID-19. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Comission (FTC) have already issued warning letters to companies advertising their products this way.
Now more than ever it is important to know how to choose a dietary supplement without harming your health.
- Choose a product that is third-party certified.
- Use the OPSS scorecard to screen dietary supplements for safety.
- Use the OPSS Ask the Expert feature if you’re unsure about a product.
- Seek out other resources at https://opss.org and https://ods.od.nih.gov.
For information about safe supplements to support immunity, read the OPSS article for guidance on what might be helpful. Avoid performance-enhancing supplements that might compromise your performance or health!
For more information, visit:
- Coronavirus Update: FDA and FTC Warn Seven Companies Selling Fraudulent Products that Claim to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
- Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments (FDA)
- Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments (NIH)
Updated 03 April 2020