No Approved Coronavirus Vaccines or Medicines Available, Yet
While many Americans are sheltering at home to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease, they might be tempted to buy or use questionable products that claim to help diagnose, treat, cure, and even prevent the spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Because COVID-19 has never been seen in humans before, there are currently no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat COVID-19 approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
On March 25, 2020, the FDA announced it is working with vaccine and drug manufacturers to develop new vaccines for and find drugs to treat COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, some people and companies are trying to profit from this pandemic by selling unproven and illegally marketed products that make false claims, such as being effective against the coronavirus.
These fraudulent products that claim to cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19 haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness and might be dangerous to you and your family.
The sale of fraudulent COVID-19 products is a threat to public health, says the FDA.
The FDA is particularly concerned that these deceptive and misleading products might cause Americans to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm.
It’s likely that the products do not do what they claim, and the ingredients in them could cause adverse effects and could interact with, and potentially interfere with, essential medications.
Fraudulent COVID-19 products can come in many varieties, including dietary supplements and other foods, as well as products claiming to be tests, drugs, medical devices, or vaccines.
The FDA has been working with retailers to remove dozens of misleading products from store shelves and online. The agency will continue to monitor social media and online marketplaces promoting and selling fraudulent COVID-19 products.
The FDA has also seen unauthorized fraudulent test kits for COVID-19 being sold online.
Currently, the only way to be tested for COVID-19 is to talk to your health care provider.
The FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19.
You will risk unknowingly spreading COVID-19 or not getting treated appropriately if you use an unauthorized test.
The FDA knows that having a home test for COVID-19 would be very helpful and is actively working with test developers on this.
But currently, the FDA has not authorized any home test for COVID-19.
Although there are investigational COVID-19 vaccines and treatments being studied in clinical trials, these products are in the early stages of development. They haven’t yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness or received FDA approval.
Also, products marketed for veterinary use, or “for research use only,” or otherwise not for human consumption, have not been evaluated for safety and should never be used by humans.
For example, the FDA is aware of people trying to prevent COVID-19 by taking a product called chloroquine phosphate, which is sold to treat parasites in aquarium fish.
Products for veterinary use or for “research use only” may have adverse effects, including serious illness and death, when taken by people.
Don’t take any form of chloroquine unless it has been prescribed for you by your health care provider and obtained from legitimate sources, says the FDA.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, and speak to your medical provider. Your health care provider will advise you about whether you should get tested and the process of being tested in your area.
If you have a question about treatment or tests found online, talk to your healthcare provider. If you have a question about a medication, call your pharmacist or the FDA.
COVID-19 disease outbreak news published by Coronavirus Today.