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FDA warns Alex Jones to quit hawking his bogus coronavirus cures

The Food and Drug Administration sent a stern letter to Alex Jones and his InfoWars website demanding he stop promoting questionable dietary supplements as treatments for coronavirus. The letter, sent Thursday, is also threatening legal action if he refuses to comply, the DailyBeast reports.

The letter specifically demands that Jones stop telling viewers that the colloidal silver products he pitches on his internet videos can ward off the virus. The videos, the FDA warned “misleadingly represent them as safe and/or effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.

Jones may be in some pretty hot water if he fails to comply. The agency warns in the letter that this “may result in legal action seeking a Federal District Court injunction and an order may require that you pay back money to consumers.”

Jones has made a career out of inventing conspiracy theories and hawking questionable health supplements. He’s been promoting the purported coronavirus-killing colloidal silver products in fear-mongering yet fancifully titled videos like “Deep State Using Coronavirus Fear and Panic To Destroy Our Country.”

But what many viewers probably don’t notice is this disclaimer, published on InfoWars’ online marketplace, which firmly states its colloidal silver products aren’t useful in treating the virus.

“The products on this site are not intended for use in the cure, treatment, prevention, or mitigation of any disease, including the novel coronavirus,” the disclaimer reads. “Any suggestion to the contrary is false and is expressly disavowed.”

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