There has been a substantial increase in scams related to COVID-19 – reiterating to our customers and the public to watch out for this is critical, they focus on spyware and malware, products that claim they can cure this virus, and warnings came out this morning on attempts to steal the direct financial support that individuals will be receiving as part of the federal aid package.
From the FTC:
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.
The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims — as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus. Read more about the warning letters.
Novel Coronavirus Hotline
Call 1-888-364-3065 for Information about Coronavirus
Recently, a new coronavirus - 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus – that was first detected in China is now spreading worldwide. This virus causes a disease called COVID-19 and can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is now spreading in the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.
This is a rapidly changing situation. Please regularly check this site and the CDC's Novel Coronavirus webpage for updates.
If you recently traveled internationally to these areas of concern and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, you should:
The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:
How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?
Most of the early reported cases had contact with a seafood and live animal market, suggesting an animal source of the outbreak. However, most cases are now likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing. Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
Please visit the Department of Health web page for regular updates. (https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/)