Infowars’ Alex Jones has been instructed to stop sharing and selling fake #coronavirus cures.
On Thursday, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James sent out a statement to Jones ordering him to immediately stop selling and marketing products as a “cure” or “treatment” for the coronavirus COVID-19, according to CNBC.
According to CNBC, Jones has been selling toothpaste, dietary supplements, creams, and a variety of other products through his website claiming the items alleviate and or prevent the coronavirus, per a news release from Jones’ office. One of his products is a Superblue Toothpaste, which claims will take away “the whole SARS-corona family at point-blank range” and said the products were approved by the U.S. government, according to the release.
“As the coronavirus continues to pose serious risks to public health, Alex Jones has spewed outright lies and has profited off of New Yorkers’ anxieties,” James said. “Mr. Jones’ public platform has not only given him a microphone to shout inflammatory rhetoric, but his latest mistruths are incredibly dangerous and pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and individuals across the nation.” There are actually no cures, vaccines, or approved drugs to treat or combat the virus.
So far, the coronavirus has infected at least 1,400 people in the United States, at least 41 people have died from the virus, according to John Hopkins University. James has also sent a cease-and-desist warning to two companies that were selling colloidal silver, which has been noted as unsafe.
CNBC reports that on Monday, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to televangelist Jim Bakker for selling unapproved products that he claimed treat coronavirus. “The FDA considers the sale and promotion of fraudulent COVID-19 products to be a threat to the public health. We have an aggressive surveillance program that routinely monitors online sources for health fraud products, especially during a significant public health issue such as this one,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in a statement.