#coronavirus #COVID19 Twitter removes tweet from Trump coronavirus adviser that undermined importance of masks – CNN
Atlas wrote in a tweet posted Saturday, « Masks work? NO » followed by a series of misrepresentations about the science behind the effectiveness of masks in combating the pandemic.
According to Twitter, the policy Atlas violated prohibits sharing false or misleading content related to Covid-19 that could lead to harm.
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment from Atlas.
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.
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.
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.
« 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. »
This headline and story have been updated with Twitter’s removal of Atlas’ tweet.
CNN’s Lindy Royce contributed to this report.