Attorney General sends cease and desist letter to church that hosted Trump for COVID-19 claims

Dream City Church in Phoenix on June 22, 2020, the day before the Students for Trump event where President Donald Trump will speak at Dream City Church.

By BrieAnna J. Frank | Arizona Republic

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sent a cease and desist letter to Glendale-based Clean Air EXP and Dream City Church for their claims suggesting an air purification system neutralizes COVID-19.

The Attorney General’s Office alleges that Clean Air EXP continues to advertise that its air filtration products neutralize 99.9% of viruses that are “COVID-19 surrogates,” according to a Friday morning press release.

Previous representations on the company’s website suggested that its filtration systems would “neutralize 99.9% of ‘coronavirus,’ when in fact this was based on testing of coronavirus 229E, a virus which causes the common cold,” the press release said.

The attorney general wrote that the statements imply the company’s products can prevent COVID-19 transmission and infection, but that the office is “aware of no scientific research or public health authority certifying any kind of air treatment product as a means of preventing COVID-19 infections.”

“Businesses cannot mislead consumers with their advertising, especially when it comes to health issues as serious as COVID-19,” Brnovich wrote. “We will not tolerate companies or individuals attempting to deceive or exploit the public during this public health crisis.”

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