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From the beginning of 2020, the world began with an epidemic of coronovirus that first emerged in China. Then later a pandemic of novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread all over the world. History has taught us that, during hard times — aside from heroes and people with big heart who give their best to help others — there are always those who try to exploit the situation to benefit themselves.
Jim Bakker, a disgraced televangelist, tried to present his product "Silver Solution" as a cure for coronavirus during “The Jim Bakker Show.” Bakker suggested that this colloidal silver product can kill coronavirus within 12 hours.
Unfortunately this was not his only claim. According to Bakker, aside from coronavirus, his product could get rid of all venereal diseases and prevent SARS and HIV. But his claim about coronavirus is something that naturally received wider attention during the pandemic and the Missouri Attorney General's Office announced that it will sue Bakker. The lawsuit would be part of a larger effort among law enforcement to fight against fake treatments for the viral illness.
The first move by Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, asks a judge for a temporary restraining order to stop Bakker from advertising his product as a cure for coronavirus. According to The Washington Post, the lawsuit states that Bakker and the show are “falsely promising to consumers that Silver Solution can cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate coronavirus and/or boost elderly consumers’ immune systems when there is, in fact, no vaccine, potion, pill or other product available to treat or cure coronavirus disease.″
This is not the first time that Bakker came under investigation by law enforcement. He spent nearly five years in prison after he was charged for dozens of different fraud and conspiracy cases that emerged from his former ministry's fundraising projects. Now he is again trying to take advantage of a situation which is very serious and potentially deadly; that is why the authorities have to react.
All over the world there were cases where some homemade products had disastrous consequences on people's health. In Iran, for example, many people died of alcohol poisoning because people believed that alcohol would keep them safe from coronavirus. In New Jersey, for example, a 7-Eleven clerk was arrested after selling "spray sanitizer" in nondescript bottles that eventually burnt the skin of boys who bought and used it.