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Bolivians are drinking a toxic bleach, wrongly believing it will ward off COVID-19. Many end up in the hospital

4 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Medicine containing chlorine dioxide is seen at the Farmacia Boliviana, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease , in Cochabamba, Bolivia, July 21, 2020.
REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama
Dozens of people are being hospitalised in Bolivia after taking Miracle Mineral Solution, a type of bleach, to ward off COVID-19.
A Business Insider investigation has identified the network of alternative medicine advocates promoting the substance, led by a self-proclaimed expert with no medical qualification.
Despite an absence of proof, they have persuaded many desperate Bolivians that taking the bleach is...
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How an entire nation embraced toxic bleach as a COVID-19 miracle cure after a tide of misinformation that authorities couldn't counter

4 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Danilo Balderrama/REUTERS; Samantha Lee/Business Insider
In Bolivia, lawmakers are pushing through a bill legalizing a form of toxic bleach, chlorine dioxide, as a COVID-19 treatment despite opposition from the country's health ministry.
The substance is called Miracle Mineral Solution by a network of alternative medicine advocates. Scientists and doctors say it has no medical value, and can be deadly.
Across the country, reports are emerging of injuries and deaths of people consuming MMS under the false belief it cures COVID-19.
A German 'researcher' with no apparent medical credentials...
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