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Politics Trump coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas undermines importance of masks as cases spike

06:15  18 october  2020
06:15  18 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

CDC criticizes White House medical adviser's discredited mask claim

  CDC criticizes White House medical adviser's discredited mask claim The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is criticizing a top White House coronavirus adviser for spreading misinformation about facial coverings, in a potential escalation of the feud between the administration and public health officials within the federal government. One former staffer on the coronavirus task force called him a “disaster.” The missive was widely condemned by public health officials and ultimately removed by Twitter. It has also earned disapproval from the CDC, whose director has complained about Atlas’s credibility. In a statement emailed to Yahoo News, the CDC disputed Atlas’s conclusions without naming him directly.

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas sought to undermine the importance of face masks on Saturday as coronavirus cases spike across the US.

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White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas sought to undermine the importance of face masks on Saturday as coronavirus cases spike across the US.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Courtesy Scott Atlas

Atlas wrote in a tweet, "Masks work? NO" followed by a series of misrepresentations about the science behind the effectiveness of masks in combating the pandemic. The tweet links to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues against the effectiveness of masks, among other things.

The message pushed by the controversial neuroradiologist goes against guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don't live in their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

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President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration will soon release nationwide recommendations on wearing face masks after initially telling Americans they weren't necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus .

President Donald Trump said some Americans might wear face masks not as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus but as a way to signal disapproval of him. The comment by Trump came as coronavirus cases have begun to rise in nearly two dozen states since Memorial Day.

Earlier guidance from US officials didn't recommend widespread masking, but in April, the CDC recommended face coverings for the general public given that people without symptoms could unknowingly transmit the virus.

Masks are primarily to prevent people who have the virus from infecting others.

Atlas' tweet echoes President Donald Trump's misleading claims about masks even as the US grapples with grim new spikes in cases. A federal official told CNN last month that CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield is concerned that Atlas is providing Trump with misleading information about Covid-19.

Ten states reported their highest single-day tallies of new Covid-19 infections Friday, as experts say a dangerous fall surge of coronavirus infections is well underway.

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  'No They're Not': Top Journal Editor on Scott Atlas' Claims Scientists Are Backing Trump's COVID Response Science editor-in-chief Holden Thorp's comments follow a string of criticism against the White House coronavirus adviser.Atlas, a neuroradiologist who is not an expert in infectious diseases or epidemiology, tweeted on Thursday: "Looks like top scientists all over the world are lining up with the @realDonaldTrump #Covid_19 policy to 1) aggressively protect the vulnerable, and 2) OPEN schools and society! Yes - we ARE following the science! NO MORE LOCKDOWNS. #FactsMatter.

Donald Trump 's coronavirus task force now appear less influential than ever as Covid-19 cases begin to spike again three weeks before Election Day. own government, Trump has embarked upon a schedule of nightly campaign rallies with no social distancing and only loose requirements on masks .

media captionWhy coronavirus cases are surging in Texas. US President Donald Trump , long opposed to wearing a face covering in public, says His remarks to Fox News come a day after a top Republican called on Mr Trump to wear a mask as an example. The US now has nearly 2.7 million

In all, the US reported more than 69,100 new Covid-19 infections Friday -- the most in a single day since about 71,300 were reported on July 29, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Unlike the government's medical experts who advised Trump in the early months of the pandemic, Atlas has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to the President's -- including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as "hysteria" and pushing for the resumption of college sports.

"He's working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus," Trump said in August. "And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we've done is really good, and now we'll take it to a new level."

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