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New York Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to levy fines against companies pitching fake coronavirus treatments.

Phony Coronavirus Treatment Scams Need Harsh Punishment: Schumer

NEW YORK, NY — Vitamin C injections, music therapy and electromagnetic shields won’t protect people from the new coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped hucksters from trying to hawk them as treatments and cures for the deadly disease without fear of punishment.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to increase punishments for scammers trying to profit off the coronavirus from warning letters to heavy fines, the longtime lawmaker said in a statement. The Federal Trade Commission has been sending dozens of warnings since March to little effect, Schumer said.

“A waterfall of warnings by the FTC against companies peddling bogus and potentially dangerous claims to treat or cure the coronavirus look like they’re barely having a ripple effect in the marketplace,” Schumer said in a statement. “And the drip-drip-drip of outrageous claims might only get worse if the feds don’t take the kid-gloves off and punch back against

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Harsh Steps Are Needed to Stop the Coronavirus, Experts Say

Harsh Steps Are Needed to Stop the Coronavirus, Experts Say

Terrifying though the coronavirus may be, it can be turned back. China, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan have demonstrated that, with furious efforts, the contagion can be brought to heel.

Whether they can keep it suppressed remains to be seen. But for the United States to repeat their successes will take extraordinary levels of coordination and money from the country’s leaders, and extraordinary levels of trust and cooperation from citizens.

There is a chance to stop the coronavirus. This contagion has a weakness.

Although there are incidents of rampant spread, as happened on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, the coronavirus more often infects clusters of family members, friends and work colleagues, said Dr. David L. Heymann, who chairs an expert panel advising the World Health Organization on emergencies.

No one is certain why the virus travels in this way, but experts see an opening nonetheless. “You can contain clusters,” Heymann

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