No, You Can’t Buy a Coronavirus Cure on Amazon

No, You Can't Buy a Coronavirus Cure on Amazon

  • Some sellers on Amazon are falsely touting their products as coronavirus killers.
  • Amazon has flagged items like disinfectants, face masks, and books.
  • Although Amazon has removed some of these items from its marketplace, others are still available as of press time.

Because we live in a deeply concerning age of misinformation and because some people are the worst, new items have appeared on Amazon claiming to cure—or get rid of—COVID-19, the devastating coronavirus that has rapidly killed thousands of people.

a screenshot of a cell phone: A cleaning agent that claims it can kill COVID-19.© Amazon A cleaning agent that claims it can kill COVID-19.

The online retail giant informed third-party sellers that their items claiming to “be a treatment, cure, or remedy” for COVID-19 would be removed from the marketplace, per CNBC.

Amazon was among other tech companies—including Facebook and Google—that recently conferred with the World Health Organization (WHO) in California to figure out the best way to prevent the spread of inaccurate information.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

@DrTedros

Facebook, Google, Amazon met with WHO to talk coronavirus misinformation https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/14/facebook-google-amazon-met-with-who-to-talk-coronavirus-misinformation.html 

Facebook, Amazon, Google and more met with WHO to figure out how to stop coronavirus misinformation

A group of tech companies got together at Facebook’s headquarters to discuss how they can collectively work to tamp down on misinformation about the coronavirus.

cnbc.com

Additionally, CNBC reports that while Amazon has managed to flag and remove some items, a quick search showed that several items are still listed and available for purchase. Some products are even described as being approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for sale:

a screenshot of a cell phone: A screenshot of a disinfectant for sale on Amazon which claims to be "an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant that meets the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) criteria for use against the Coronavirus and Ebola virus on hard, non-porous surfaces."© Amazon A screenshot of a disinfectant for sale on Amazon which claims to be “an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant that meets the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) criteria for use against the Coronavirus and Ebola virus on hard, non-porous surfaces.”

So far, governing bodies like the CDC and WHO haven’t recognized any cleaning products, pills, or wipes as effective agents against COVID-19. If you want more information about COVID-19, check out official sources for up-to-date information on vaccine developments, preventive measures, public safety, and more.

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