At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in Peru, chlorine dioxide was touted as a miracle cure for the coronavirus. If an investigation has just been launched to find out more on this subject, it should be noted that this derivative of bleach generally carries serious risks for human health.
Chlorine dioxide, a toxic product
Since the appearance of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, many “miracle solutions” have sprung up here and there in the world. The most wacky example surely comes from India where cow dung therapy is currently all the rage. On the Peruvian side, we prefer a derivative of bleach: chlorine dioxide. However, this toxic product if swallowed and inhaled is generally used as a disinfectant as well as in the bleaching of paper and fabrics.
As explained VICE-US in an article from May 15, 2021, members of the Peruvian congress voted a pretty incredible motion. Indeed, there is talk of setting up a committee managed by the Ministry of Health whose mission will be to hear scientists and other experts. The latter should provide information on the potential positive effects of chlorine dioxide on Covid-19 patients.
Scientific community accused of disinformation
The point is that the doctors had already explained that chlorine dioxide was ineffective against coronavirus and that this could have fatal consequences. Nevertheless, Posemoscrowte Chagua of the extremist Union for Peru party is behind this congressional motion. According to him, the scientific community is making disinformation about chlorine dioxide.
Let us recall in passing that the context in Peru is particularly difficult. Indeed, it is the country with the highest death rate Covid-19 per capita. Critics say the country’s political class maintains disinformation and therefore goes against science. This attitude has the effect of sabotaging the efforts made in the context of the response to the coronavirus.
For Samuel Cosmé, secretary general of the Society of Intensive Care Specialists of Peru, the country’s situation is dire. It also has condemned the recent decision of Congress who have had to treat patients whose condition worsened after consuming chlorine dioxide. Finally, let us recall that the local political class has also supported the use of hydroxychloroquine, which is well known in France, as well as ivermectin, an antiparasitic treatment in particular treating scabies.