As COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus, continues to spread, so does misinformation. Unfortunately, because things are still in the relatively early stages, it’s hard to know a lot about the best resources to keep yourself safe in these trying times.
Some companies have started advertising natural products that make claims about destroying the COVID-19 virus or keeping you safe. Are they legitimate? What should you do before purchasing one of these natural products?
-Do your research first
-Get qualified information
-Keep up the social distancing
-Use common sense
-Check out the companies selling such products
Research Product Claims Yourself
It’s extremely important that you research all product claims on your own time. You can’t just assume that the company marketing the product is telling you entirely truthful content, especially because they could just be trying to make money off you at all costs. You don’t have to be paranoid, but you should be careful, especially with something you might put in or on your body.
Look into the basis for claims that a product makes. Does the company cite any sources or studies that show its efficacy? What is the company actually claiming that its products will do? Have there been any other companies claiming the same thing about this product, especially before the pandemic became so inflamed? These are important questions to answer with your own research.
Get Information From Trusted Third Parties
When you do research, pay attention to who’s giving you this information. Try your best to use scientific sources like the Centers for Disease Control, which can provide America-specific information you might need to know, or the Chinese National Health Commission, which can provide front-line information as Chinese cases start to subside.
Try not to get your information from the same websites advertising the products you’re considering purchasing. You should even be initially wary of information you see on news outlets. Instead of just reading headlines, go into articles and find source links that let you know where the news outlet is getting its information from, so you know for yourself.
Continue to Practice Social Distancing
The concept of “social distancing” is one that more and more state and local governments recommend in the wake of COVID-19’s vast reach. The concept is pretty simple. It’s sort of a lax self-quarantine, where you try your best to stay at arm’s length from other people as much as possible. That means not going to areas with large groups of people, keeping at least six feet away from anyone in public, and trying to stay at home as much as possible.
Even if you don’t feel sick and you’re using natural products to mitigate certain symptoms, you should still practice social distancing. A person can be a carrier without having symptoms, and there are many people you’ll come across on a day-to-day basis who might have weakened immune systems or know people with weakened immune systems. Stay home if possible to keep the virus from spreading.
Use Common-Sense Safety Precautions
There’s no such thing as a “cure” for COVID-19 right now. There’s promising information regarding vaccines and antiviral treatments, but they’re not really on the market right now. That means rather than trusting a natural product to do all the work, you need to keep yourself safe with your own safety precautions as well.
Until a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, you should keep yourself and your family safe by maintaining common-sense precautions. That includes washing your hands for at least 20 seconds multiple times per day, especially after you’ve been outside. Try to avoid touching your face if at all possible. Make sure you cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Check Doctors and Companies Selling These Products
Disreputable companies have a lot to gain from products that build on the COVID-19 frenzy. That means there’s always a chance they’ll provide you with inaccurate information to try and get your money. Worst case scenario, you’re buying from a scam site that isn’t even going to send out anything to you. To try and make sure you’re not the potential victim of a scam, you can try to verify things with PeopleFinders.
When you use PeopleFinders, you can try to make sure you’re not falling for scams, whether they’re related to COVID-19 or not. Perform a background check on the doctors and corporate leaders purporting to sell you these items. Do they actually exist? Does the information match up? If not, be wary of the site as a whole.
COVID-19’s severity continues to rise, and that’s scaring a lot of people. Especially in countries where leadership appears to be having a difficult time tackling the pandemic, many people are turning to alternative options. If you want to use natural products to mitigate COVID-19 symptoms, just make sure you use PeopleFinders to check for scams first.
Plus, check the PeopleFinders blog for more information about keeping your family safe through this time. This is the third in a series of articles regarding the coronavirus.
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