There are now 14 known cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. So, there’s more than just the bumps and itching that come along with mosquito bites to look out for this season.
But, in addition the virus itself, you also need to be wary of companies selling “Zika-preventing products.”
According to Consumer Reports, purchasing any of these products would only be a waste of money. The publication reports the New York Attorney General’s Office has issued cease-and-desist letters to seven different companies. They’re doing everything they can to get these types of products off of the market.
Look out for everything from Zika-preventing bracelets to condoms. It’s all just a money-making scam to take advantage of people looking to keep themselves from catching the virus.
If you’re worried about it and looking for a way to protect yourself, regular old bug repellant is probably still the best measure. The Telegraph also details different methods of limiting your chances of catching it by doing things such as sleeping under a mosquito net, limiting the amounts of standing water in and around your house, etc. You can see the full list here.
Continue to be skeptical of any product that claims to be able to prevent you from getting Zika. Consumer Reports as well as the American Mosquito Control Association have found these products to be ineffective at repelling mosquitos. Therefore, they strongly advise against purchasing them.
[h/t: Consumer Reports]