The US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to a website for marketing colloidal silver products as a cure for the coronavirus.
The SilverGuy, which is also part of an Amazon marketing program or Amazon Associates program, is accused of “selling fraudulent COVID-19 related products,” the FDA said Monday. It gave the company 48 hours to correct the violations
The FDA determined that colloidal silver products sold by SilverGuy fall under the category of “an unapproved new drug” and a “misbranded drug,” a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The company's claims: The company claimed on its website and product pages that colloidal silver, which contains tiny bits of silver in a liquid, can be atomized using a humidifier, then breathed in to line the lungs and "inhibit the virus from replicating too quickly.”
The SilverGuy also claimed on its website that “Silver particles may reduce your body’s overreaction to the virus" and can "disable" coronaviruses.
Fact check: None of these statements are true. In fact, the National Institutes of Health warns that colloidal silver can pose a danger to people’s health and can cause serious side effects, including argyria, a usually permanent bluish-gray discoloration of the skin.
There is currently no cure or vaccine for Covid-19.