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March 16, 2020

National Enquirer's virus Cover Story Draws Criticism

MediaMatters: "The National Enquirer published a March 23 edition with a cover claiming that “coronavirus cures” have finally been “found!” and that there are “miracle pill and kitchen treatments that work!” New York Times reporter Charlie Savage flagged the Enquirer cover on Twitter, writing: “Shame on @Safeway for continuing to profit from selling misinformation." The article itself claims that “top doctors have told The National Enquirer that the deadly plague can be stopped in its tracks with natural cures found right in your kitchen or at your local pharmacy! … medical experts from around the globe have revealed the life-threatening infectious disease can be attacked with amazingly simple homemade cures.” It then goes on to list homeopathic and natural “remedies” that can supposedly be used to battle the coronavirus. In reality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health states: "The media has reported that some people are seeking “alternative” remedies to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 or to treat the 2019 coronavirus disease now called COVID-19. Some of these purported remedies include herbal therapies and teas. There is no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure the illness caused by this virus. In fact, some of them may not be safe to consume." Promoting coronavirus “cures” is a potential danger to public health. As the Food and Drug Administration stated in a recent release, “The FDA is particularly concerned that products that claim to cure, treat or prevent serious diseases like COVID-19 may cause consumers to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm.” Despite broadcasting on its cover and in the article that there are “coronavirus cures,” the Enquirer includes a note that “there is no vaccine for the coronavirus and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no known cure.""


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