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.
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.
Wow. Twitter took down this tweet from Dr. Scott Atlas.
The medical advisor who Trump trusts most on COVID IS HAVING HIS TWEETS TAKEN DOWN BECAUSE THEY’RE SPREADING CORONAVIRUS MISINFORMATION. pic.twitter.com/JCCR4GzMQc
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) October 18, 2020
Scott Atlas is a very good reason to boot the Hoover Institution off the Stanford campus and sever any affiliation between it and the university forevermore, if another very good reason were needed.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 17, 2020