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No Evidence EcoAirDoctor Protects from COVID-19

Tracy Davenport Tracy Davenport
31st May 2021
No Evidence EcoAirDoctor Protects from COVID-19
The product has not been found to protect against COVID-19 (Getty Images).

The Claim

EcoAirDoctor protects people from COVID-19.

Emerging story

Some on social media are claiming that a product is available that will sanitize the air in a room and protect against COVID-19. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar has discovered that the product being promoted is called EcoAir Doctor. According to at least one claim, the product works for 30 days, can disinfect a 3 foot radius, and can be used for “travel, public interaction, and everyday life.” 

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However, according to the Times of San Diego, the owners of the company selling the EcoAirDoctor, plead guilty on May 25, 2021 to unlawfully importing, selling and mailing an unregistered pesticide product. The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) reported that such products as EcoAirDoctor that emit gases are required to be registered as pesticides in the United States; no such registration was obtained. According to the USDOJ, the product was falsely described as an air purifier rather than a pesticide. The EcoAirDoctor product also contains sodium chlorite, which is deemed un-mailable because of the risk of causing a fire or explosion. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman, “This defendant took advantage of COVID-19 fears to market an illegal product.” 

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, public health claims can only be made regarding products that have been properly tested and are registered with the EPA. Products not registered by the EPA can be harmful to human health, cause adverse effects, and may not be effective against the spread of germs. The EPA has published a list of over 460 disinfectants that are qualified for use against COVID-19. However, the EcoAirDoctor is not one of them. 

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