On Monday, Attorney General William Barr issued a directive ordering federal prosecutors to go after coronavirus "cure" scams being peddled around the country.
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As Americans have upended their lives and isolated themselves in fear of the pandemic, the snake-oil market has thrived.
In February, right-wing televangelist Jim Bakker promoted a solution of colloidal silver as a cure to coronavirus, which prompted Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to seek a restraining order from a federal judge. Meanwhile, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been promoting his special brand of toothpaste as a cure for coronavirus, which has earned him a warning of legal action from New York Attorney General Letitia James.