A mega-church in Arizona that will host a Trump rally is making the false claim that their air filters kill 99.9 percent of the coronavirus. Disease experts have roundly debunked the claim. The rally is taking place on Tuesday at Dream City Church, in Phoenix, Arizona. The claim originated from the church’s chief financial officer, Brendon Zastrow, and Pastor Luke Barnett in a video where they laud the CleanAir EXP filter.
Megachurch hosting Trump's rally on Tuesday here in Phoenix falsely claims they've installed a system which kills 99.9% of COVID-19. Add to that Arizona's surging Coronavirus numbers and Mayor @KateWGallego's refusal to enforce the mask mandate and we have a problem @azcentral pic.twitter.com/hpmZuyAb8q
— Foreknown (@Foreknown) June 22, 2020
“When you come into our auditorium, 99.9% of COVID is gone — if it was there in the first place,” Zastrow begins. Barnett adds, “It was technology developed by some members of our church. And it kills 99.9% of COVID within 10 minutes . . . It’s ionization of the air. COVID cannot live in that environment.”
An Arizona State University epidemiologist, Matthew Scotch, was non too pleased with the false claim and had a warning to give. He said in an interview with The Daily Beast, “This is absurd and will not protect you.” Dr. Murtaza Akhter, who is an emergency physician at Arizona State University had a warning as well. The doctor told AZFamily, “The thing with rallies, for example, is that people are really close to each other. So even if they have a filtration system, if this person coughs on this person, that person is clearly going to get sick. “There’s no way for that particle or whatever you call it to be filtered.”
The church cannot be fully blamed for the claim because it is the same claim made by the makers of the filter. The makers of CleanAir EXP’s claim that their filter “eliminates 99.9% of coronavirus in the air in less than 10 minutes.”
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com