A running list of fake coronavirus cures

Cross-sectional model of a coronavirus (Source: Wikipedia)

First coronavirus vaccine clinical trials just started in the U.S on Monday March 16th 2020. During the last three months several fake cures are being shared on the social media. Be careful and always verify these cures with CDC and WHO websites.

Here is a list of fake (i.e., not established by scientific means) coronavirus cures. More details are in the italicized links to articles and videos.

Cow dung and cow urine: An Indian politician said that cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat coronavirus. On Saturday, a Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party. On Monday, a cow urine consumption programme was organised in Kolkata, India. One of the organizers was arrested. Cow dung and urine are now selling for Rs. 500 a litre.

Toothpaste: Alex Jones claimed on his radio show that his Silverblue toothpaste “kills the whole SARS-corona family at point-blank range”. He was ordered to ‘stop selling fake coronavirus treatments’ by New York Attorney General. Here is the pdf file of the cease and desist notification.

Chlorine dioxide and MMS: Several claims on social media that Chlorine dioxide and MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) can cure coronavirus. The FDA warned NOT to drink sodium chlorite products. They can make you sick and can cause serious harm to health. Here is an ABC news story about an MMS-related death. In the past, the ‘Genesis II Church of Health and Healing’ claimed that MMS can cure cancer, Parkinson’s, Autism and can “be used to overcome most diseases known to mankind” and offered this as a miracle cure, despite FDA warnings. More details about chlorine dioxide are in this article.

Silver tonic, teas, essential oils: On March 9th 2020, FTC and FDA sent warning letters to seven companies (Vital Silver, Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd., N-ergetics, GuruNanda, LLC, Vivify Holistic Clinic, Herbal Amy LLC, and The Jim Bakker Show) advertising products including teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver — as able to treat or prevent coronavirus.

Ibuprofen, Boiled Garlic, Alcohol, Heat: For expert opinions, watch this BBC news video titled ‘Coronavirus and ibuprofen: Separating fact from fiction’ and listen to this podcast (by Dr. Sanjay Gupta) titled ‘Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction’. Boiled garlic is not a cure.

Homeopathy (Arsenicum album): There are no studies linking the efficacy of any homeopathy drug in curing coronavirus infections. Read this article for details.

Chloroquine Phosphate: Arizona man dies after taking chloroquine phosphate.

Other fake cures include holding your breath for 10 seconds, weed, drinking alcohol, Vitamin C.

False rumors

Photos of Covid-19 TEST kits are being shared on WhatsApp in India with a FALSE claim ‘Corona Virus vaccine is ready’.

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