Following the controversy over the use of the substance to counteract the virus, various health and academic sectors reject its use.
A study by the Observatory of Self-Medication Behavior at the Universidad del Rosario determined that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of chlorine dioxide as a treatment for Covid-19, or for any other disease.
The study cites health alert 081-2020, issued by Invima, which clarifies that chlorine dioxide is not recognized as a medicine nor is it included in any pharmacological standard, as its consumption may even be counterproductive.
According to the entity, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about some of the adverse effects that the consumption of chlorine dioxide products could cause in a person, among which are: respiratory failure, changes in the heart’s electrical activity, low blood pressure caused by dehydration, acute liver failure, low blood cell count, vomiting, and severe diarrhea.
Also listed are complications such as acute renal injury, acute hemolysis, myocardial injury, respiratory tract irritation with severe respiratory distress, and irritation of the digestive, gastric, or intestinal mucosa.
In view of the above, Invima advises against its use and calls on the community to refrain from recommending it to other patients infected with the virus. They also suggest reporting any use of the substance against coronavirus or any other disease.
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