Scott Atlas Tweet Saying Masks Don’t Work Gets Deleted
Twitter on Sunday deleted a tweet from one of Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisers because he falsely wrote that face masks do not help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The offending tweet was posted on Saturday by Dr. Scott Atlas and read, “Masks work? NO: LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes, UK, Spain, Israel. WHO:”widesprd use not supported” + many harms; Heneghan/Oxf CEBM:”despite decades, considerble uncertainty re value”; CDC rvw May:”no sig red’n in inflnz transm’n”; learn why.”
Trump named the neuroradiologist to the White House coronavirus task force in August, even though he has no experience with infectious diseases or epidemiology. Since his appointment Atlas has closely aligned himself with Trump’s mantra of “open up the country.” It’s not clear how seriously Atlas’s opinions are valued outside of the Oval Office.
Just two weeks ago, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert Redfield, was overheard by an NBC reporter telling a colleague during a phone conversation that Atlas is feeding Trump misleading data, including about the efficacy of wearing masks and said “everything he (Atlas) says is false.”
Last Saturday Atlas was spotted, maskless, attending a White House rally.
Off to the side of the White House event, not wearing a mask: Dr. Scott Atlas pic.twitter.com/yECbfzyU6t
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 10, 2020
After Atlas’s tweet was removed, Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and coordinator of the Trump administration’s testing response, tweeted “#Masks work? YES!”
“And even though cases/hospitalizations are increasing, we can control #COVID19 by wearing masks when we can’t distance, avoiding crowds especially indoors, good hygiene, and smart testing of contacts and to identify/isolate those asymptomatic but infectious,” he added.
#Masks work? YES!
And even though cases/hospitalizations are increasing, we can control #COVID19 by wearing masks when we can't distance, avoiding crowds especially indoors, good hygiene, and smart testing of contacts and to identify/isolate those asymptomatic but infectious
— ADM Brett P. Giroir (@HHS_ASH) October 18, 2020