Column: Beware of scams exploiting coronavirus fears
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:12
- Bonny H.J. MacIsaac
So much going on day to day, really hour by hour lately. In February, I started hearing of scams circulating regarding COVID-19, taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus. I swear some scammers will stop at nothing! Public Health Officials are clear that there is no pill, vaccine, or supplement that can cure or prevent the virus.
One of the more notable snake oil salesmen, ordered to cease and desist is disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker. The pitch suggesting a ‘miracle cure' went like this - “This influenza that is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective?” Bakker asked the naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman on his February 12th show, holding up a bottle of the product.
“Silver Solution hadn’t been tested on the current strain of the coronavirus,” Sellman responded, but “it has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus, and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours. Totally eliminates it, kills it, deactivates it.”