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Experts warn of COVID-19 quackery, false cures

  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Get your dose: A shopper browses through a drugstore's selection of vitamins. To protect themselves against the novel coronavirus, consumers have been turning to dietary supplements like vitamin C, which experts say can help the body produce important antibodies like proteins that bind invading microbes to neutralize them.(JP/Nurhayati)

Strict testing is required for the slew of supposed coronavirus remedies that have garnered public attention in recent months, experts say. For people seeking to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on their health, alternative medical practices claiming to be cures for COVID-19 have become increasingly appealing. However, health experts have cautioned against taking these claims at face value and have called on the government to bolster the screening process for new medicines to ensure that they are safe for public consumption. Epidemiologist Pandu Riono from the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health urged all stakeholders to comply with existing laws on the production of medicine to ensure public safety. “Although we’re in the middle of an emergency, we still have to keep public safety in mind,” Pandu said during an online discussion held ...