DR. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA chief in the Trump administration, told CNBC on Friday that masks are definitely effective in slowing the spread of the disease Coronavirus. Gottlieb urged an imprecise interpretation of a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC study, published in September, has drawn attention to one of its additional data points in the last few days: 85% of the participants who tested positive stated that they often or always wear masks. For those who tested negative, 89% said they wear masks often or always.
president Donald Trumphave among other things focused on that particular partto ask questions about the effectiveness of masks in slowing Covid-19 transmission. Trump appeared to be doing it again on Thursday night at NBC News Town Hall, despite the CDC’s recent tweet calling this kind of interpretation “wrong”.
The president quoted the data directly in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday morning. He said, “You see, CDC comes out with a statement that 85% of the people who wear masks catch it.” He asked, “What is it about?”
In one “Squawk Box” In the interview, Gottlieb said people shouldn’t conclude that masks don’t work from it CDC studywho primarily found that dining in restaurants increases the risk of getting Covid-19. Study participants who tested positive said they were about twice as likely to eat out as those who tested negative.
“Masks are not a panacea, but they offer you a certain amount of protection,” emphasized Gottlieb. “In an environment where the alternative is a raging epidemic that is going to force some kind of economic upheaval, I’d rather try to get everyone in masks, and I’d rather try to put them in quality masks because we know that this is the case. ” will slow down the transfer. It will have an impact. “
In fact, Gottlieb said that one of the biggest drivers of the recent spike is coronavirus cases in the United States are family gatheringswhere people are less vigilant than in public.
“I’ve spoken to a number of governors this week and they are tracking and tracking where their outbreaks occur. A lot of it [is] In family situations, at group meetings, where people feel more comfortable and give up their vigilance, “explained Gottlieb.” People could go out and wear a mask when they go shopping and then have 20 people over their house, or 15 people, and that’s where the infection happens. “
On Thursday, New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy said CNBC, This is exactly why there are quite a few community spreads in the state.
Gottlieb, a doctor who ran the FDA under Trump May 2017 to April 2019also emphasized the difference between homemade cloth masks and those of surgical quality and the importance of properly wearing all masks. “If you wear a better quality mask and wear it more often, you will get more protection,” he said, but acknowledged that “it is not foolproof” and the main thing is to prevent infected people from shedding the virus.
For these reasons, Gottlieb said the US should continue efforts to increase the availability of personal protective equipment, especially N95 masks Seen supply bottlenecks during the pandemic. “School teachers cannot get N95 masks. They should wear quality masks in these environments,” he said. “Teachers in many schools do not have access to PPE, good quality PPE, and that’s a mistake.”