“Immune Boosting” in the time of COVID: selling immunity on Instagram

Posted on 04.09.2020 - 04:09
Abstract “Immune boosting” is a trending topic during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concept of “immune boosting” is scientifically misleading and often used to market unproven products and therapies. This paper presents an analysis of popular immune-boosting posts from Instagram. Of the sampled posts, all promoted “immune boosting” as beneficial, nearly all involved commercial interests, and many used scientific and medical rhetoric in their messaging.

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Wagner, Darren N.; Marcon, Alessandro R.; Caulfield, Timothy (2020): “Immune Boosting” in the time of COVID: selling immunity on Instagram. figshare. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5112440.v1
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Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

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Darren N. Wagner
Alessandro R. Marcon
Timothy Caulfield

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