A century after phony flu ads, companies hype dubious Covid-19 cures


With a pandemic raging, a spate of ads promised dubious remedies in the form of lozenges, tonics, unguents, blood-builders and an antiseptic shield to be used while kissing. That was in 1918, during the influenza outbreak that claimed an estimated 50 million.

Now, ads promoting unproven miracle cures — including intravenous drips, ozone therapy and immunity-boosting music — have targeted people trying to avoid the coronavirus pandemic.   “History is repeating itself,” said Roi Mandel, head of research at website.

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