Fmr. FDA Head Gottlieb: Risks of Wearing Mask Outweigh Benefits for Kids Outside in Summer

Fmr. FDA Head Gottlieb: Risks of Wearing Mask Outweigh Benefits for Kids Outside in Summer


On Friday’s broadcast of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” CNBC Contributor, Pfizer board member, and former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb argued that for children in the summer, “the risks of wearing a mask and the heat exposure probably are greater than any benefit they’re going to derive from wearing a mask.”

Gottlieb said, “Kids are at lower risk overall. So, the infection poses less risk to kids to start. I think you need to still be mindful of situations where you could have what we call superspreading events. So, when you congregate people in confined environments where there’s poor air circulation, I do think you need to be mindful. So, you could see a situation this summer where kids aren’t wearing masks outside. And I don’t think kids should be wearing masks outside. I think the risks of wearing a mask and the heat exposure probably are greater than any benefit

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