The Arizona Megachurch, where Donald Trump’s rally is being held on Tuesday, claims that COVID-19 won’t be an issue because they have the brand new technology to get rid of it; however, the company that provided the tech is saying otherwise.
Chief Strategy Officer of CleanAir EXP Tim Bender told TMZ that the church had misrepresented the tech’s capabilities, stating the air purifiers have not been tested on COVID-19.
Bender did say that the technology has been tested on COVID-229E, which has similar protein structure to COVID-19, and that the ionized particles “neutralized” the COVID-229E.
Leaders of the Dream City Church, Brendon Zastrow, and Luke Barnett posted a video claiming the CleanAir EXP air purifiers kill 99% of COVID-19 molecules within 10 minutes through ionization. The video has since been removed, and a statement was posted to the church’s Instagram page stating they should have used the terms “coronavirus or COVID surrogates.”
“We hope to alleviate any confusion we may have caused. We have done our best to direct all CleanAir EXP questions to the company executives who are best suited to answer and have provided the following clarity,” the statement read. “It is our understanding that they tested with a third-party Certified Biosafety Laboratory on the best coronavirus surrogates available. The company found that their technology leads to a 99.9% elimination of airborne coronavirus surrogates. So while they do not eliminate COVID-19, their coronavirus surrogate testing results are significant for the future of clean air.”