Internet Searches for Unproven COVID-19 Therapies in the United States

JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Aug 1;180(8):1116-1118. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1764.

Abstract

This cross-sectional study examines internet searches indicative of shopping for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, including after high-profile endorsements.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Chloroquine / therapeutic use
  • Consumer Health Information
  • Coronavirus Infections / drug therapy
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Fraud*
  • Humans
  • Hydroxychloroquine / therapeutic use
  • Information Seeking Behavior*
  • Internet
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • United States

Substances

  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Chloroquine

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19 drug treatment