Snake oil salesmen are invading Amazon selling bleach disguised as “water treatments” for COVID-19.
An investigation by the Guardian found chlorine dioxide solutions being sold under the brand name CD Kit and NatriChlor on Amazon — despite a promise from the tech giant to crack down on crackpots. (Since the Guardian’s report, the brand products mentioned in the article now “unavailable” but others, like the Oneness Chlorine dioxide solution, selling for $49.99, are still for sale).
Industrial bleach is being sold on Amazon through its product pages which consumers are buying under the mistaken belief that it is a “miracle cure” for COVID-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking the fluid can kill you.
The bleach used in the solutions is the kind found in making textiles and bleaching pulp and paper, the news site said. In small amounts, the bleach can indeed disinfect water, but these solutions are using a much higher concentration that are well beyond safety recommendations.
However, it seems people are still purchasing the bottles.
One buyer, according to the Guardian, writing in Spanish, said his family had started taking bleach soon after the coronavirus pandemic hit, noting: “Many people still don’t believe in it, but I am sure that it has helped us a lot.”