The Health Ministry this week issued a warning regarding the sale and consumption of products that falsely claim to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Sodium chlorite and chlorine dioxide (in Spanish, clorito de sodio and dióxido de cloro) are not permitted for any medicinal or therapeutic use in Costa Rica.
“There is no scientific evidence to support the use of these substances against COVID-19 or other diseases,” the Health Ministry said. “Its use puts the health of the population that consumes it or intends to do so at serious risk.”
Viviana Ramos, director of Costa Rica’s National Poison Control Center, told La Nación that the Center now receives 10 calls each day about the chemical compounds. …