The only data we as a society should be relying on right now is scientifically validated data coming from the officials and specialists leading us through this situation.
While we have supporting data that shows steam’s effectiveness at removing or deactivating virus, and the CDC, WHO and other scientific bodies have data published related to evidence of moisture at temps above 80°C deactivating other coronaviruses, there is no specific validation done with the Optima Steamer and the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).
With that said, we believe the Optima Steamer is a potentially a perfect tool for combatting the outbreak when used in conjunction with proper containment and disinfection.
Currently, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting, pointing to a list of EPA-registered products approved for responding to COVID-19 infections, found here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
Given the current state of fear, confusion and exploitation, any other claims are premature. Treating this outbreak lightly or without proven information can put your or others’ lives at risk.
In the case of responding to and preventing the spread of COVID-19, we want all our customers to be safe. If there is confirmed exposure to contamination, immediately contact your local authorities and follow their guidance.
The CDC recommends using PPE (personal protection equipment) including goggles, a respirator-type mask, gloves and clothing protection. Any type of cleaning or spraying can disturb the virus contagions causing them to be airborne. Clothing and porous materials should be treated as hazardous and laundry machines equipped with steam features should be used.