Trump coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas undermines significance of masks as circumstances spike
Atlas wrote in a tweet, “Masks work? NO,” followed by a series of misrepresentations about the science behind the effectiveness of masks in fighting the pandemic. The tweet refers to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that speaks against the effectiveness of masks, among other things.
The controversial neuroradiologist’s message contradicts the instructions of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommend wearing masks in public facilities and around people who do not live in their household, especially when others Social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Previous guidelines from U.S. officials did not recommend widespread masking, but in April the CDC recommended face coverings for the general public because people without symptoms could unwittingly transmit the virus.
The primary purpose of masks is to prevent people with the virus from infecting others.
Atlas’ tweet echoes President Donald Trump’s misleading claims about masks, even as the U.S. grapples with grim new tips in some cases. A federal official told CNN last month that CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield is concerned that Atlas Trump is providing misleading information about Covid-19. Ten states reported their highest daily values for new Covid-19 infections on Friday, as experts say The dangerous flash flood of coronavirus infections is in full swing.
In total, the US reported more than 69,100 new Covid-19 infections on Friday – most in a single day since about 71,300 on July 29, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Unlike the government medical experts who advised Trump during the first few months of the pandemic, Atlas has taken a public stance on the virus much closer to that of the president – including deciphering the idea that schools shouldn’t consider this fall “Hysteria” to reopen, and the urge to restart university sports.
“He’s working with us and will work with us on the coronavirus,” Trump said in August. “And he has a lot of great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’re going to take it to a new level.”