1,600 sellers warned for falsely claiming products protect against COVID-19

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With the recent pandemics, I’m sure many of us are searching for ways to protect ourselves.

And this has led to many going online purchasing products that claim that they can provide protection against COVID-19.

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But before you proceed to buy some products you assume can really protect you against COVID-19, you should know not everything you see online is as good as it seems!

Some products may even be fake!

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Since February, The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has removed more than 1,700 listings of products making false COVID-19-related claims from local websites. The authority has also issued more than 1,600 warning letters to sellers and companies.

These products included illegal test kits priced from $10 to $290.

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Associate Professor Chan Cheng Leng, group director of the health products regulation group at HSA, also warned people to beware of such marketing gimmicks.

As according to HSA, very often, test kits sold online have design or technological flaws that may show false negatives, creating a false sense of security, and convincing people to postpone treatment when they need it.

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HSA also added that it has intensified surveillance of shops and e-commerce platforms, and will take stern action against those who make misleading claims.

If found guilty of falsely advertising products as preventing or treating Covid-19, sellers can be jailed for up to a year, fined up to $20,000, or both.

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AND before you reassure yourself that its okay to purchase and try out these products as they don’t cost much, let me remind you that you’re putting yourself at risk when you purchase those products as well!!

So don’t play play okay! Better to be safe than sorry.

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If you really want to protect yourself against COVID-19 I’m sure the best way would be to stay home! If there’s a need to go out, you can always protect yourself with a mask!

And, if you have run out of masks, fret not! I have some good news for you!

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We are currently selling masks and thermometers, so if you’re keen on getting some, just drop us a message at +65 9457 2440 or call +65 6358 4231 😉

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