The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to the Filipino public against the use of nasal sprays claiming to treat and prevent COVID-19. 

In a recent advisory, FDA emphasized that nasal spray products are not meant to treat the coronavirus disease. 

“They should not be used as substitutes to medicines and vaccines to prevent or treat SARS-CoV-2 Infection or COVID-19,” the department wrote.

The FDA encouraged Filipinos to be more vigilant when it comes to products and their claims. 

“The public is further encouraged to be vigilant in using products with claims against prevention or treatment of the COVID-19 disease.”

According to the department, nasal spray products are only “intended for short-term use in the nasal cavity and serves as mechanical barrier from particulates.” 

They note that it doesn’t have an effect on pathogens like COVID-19. 

“The products do not have active pharmaceutical ingredients that directly treat, eliminate or prevent diseases,” FDA said.

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