Person admitted to intensive care after drinking bleach-solution to ‘treat Covid-19’

A bleach-solution known as “Miracle Mineral Solution” has been promoted as being effective for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19, but there are no scientific evidence proving the claim.  (Picture file)

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A bleach-solution known as “Miracle Mineral Solution” has been promoted as being effective for the prevention and treatment of Covid-19, but there are no scientific evidence proving the claim. (Picture file)

A person had to be admitted to intensive care after drinking a bleach-based solution in an attempt to treat Covid-19.

The solution, known as “Miracle Mineral Solution” has been promoted as being effective in destroying pathogens, bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19.

But medicine safety regulator Medsafe says there is no scientific proof of this and consuming the solution was dangerous and could be life-threatening.

Medsafe group manager Chris James said the regulator had been notified of someone being admitted to intensive care in mid-to-late March after attempting to treat themselves with a water purification solution.

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“Thankfully, we can confirm the person who needed ICU treatment is now on the road to recovery. Out of respect for patient privacy, we won’t be making any further comment,” James said.

“However, we would like to stress that this case illustrates the important job Medsafe does every day to ensure medicines are safe and to alert people about dangerous products that can cause severe illness or death.”

In an earlier statement, Medsafe reiterated there was no scientific evidence that Miracle Mineral Solution – which is sometimes described as “water purification solutions” – is effective against any pathogens or bacteria in the body, nor the prevention or treatment of Covid-19.

“These products contain a high concentration of sodium chlorite, which is used for textile bleaching and as a disinfectant. When mixed as directed, the sodium chlorite develops into chlorine dioxide… Consuming these products is the same as drinking bleach.”

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Ingesting the solution could lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration.

“These products are not approved medicines. Their quality and efficacy are unknown, and we recommend not taking them.”

MedSafe has been warning people against consuming Miracle Mineral Solution or associated products for over a decade.

Other medicines regulators have also issued warnings about consumption of these products after receiving reports of people presenting with severe vomiting and diarrhoea, life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration, and acute liver failure after taking the solution.

Throughout the pandemic a number of bogus treatments for Covid-19 have popped up, including garlic, chlorine, alcohol and liquid silver.

Ivermectinwhich is used for treating parasitic infections and livestock, have also been used to treat the virus.

Medsafe has repeatedly warned there is no clear evidence that Ivermectin is effective to treat or prevent Covid-19, and it may instead cause serious harm.

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