SARS: Bogus SARS Prevention Products: Buyer Beware (cont.)
The FTC issued a Consumer Alert entitled "Rx For Products That Claim To
Prevent SARS? A Healthy Dose of Skepticism," produced in consultation with
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA. The Alert
advises consumers to:
- Know the facts: SARS appears to
spread most readily by cough or sneeze allowing droplets containing
infectious virus to reach the respiratory tract of persons in close
proximity. SARS also may be spread by touching contaminated objects and then
touching your eye, nose or mouth.
- Keep your hands clean: Public
health authorities advise that basic personal hygiene is the best protection
against the infection. Thorough hand washing with soap and water, or alcohol
based hand sanitizers are recommended.
- Check travel advisories for affected
areas: To lower your risk of infection, the CDC suggests avoiding
travel to affected regions.
- Seek medical attention: If you
think you may have SARS symptoms, or you have been in direct contact with
someone with SARS, consult a health care professional immediately.
- Stay informed: For more
information from the federal government about SARS, visit the CDC or the FDA
Portions of the above information has been provided by the Federal Drug Administration (www.fda.gov)Last Editorial Review: 5/12/2003