NBC's Dr. Gupta: L.A. County Mask Mandate Isn't Backed by Science and Helps Contribute to Hesitancy

NBC's Dr. Gupta: L.A. County Mask Mandate Isn't Backed by Science and Helps Contribute to Hesitancy


On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “11th Hour,” NBC News Medical Analyst Dr. Vin Gupta argued that while there is a problem with disinformation on coronavirus, there’s also “confusing information” like Los Angeles County reinstating their indoor mask mandate contrary to CDC guidance and without scientific backing, “and I think that’s leading into all the hesitancy that exists.”

Gupta said, “We’re talking about disinformation, Brian, and misinformation, but there’s also just confusing information that exists. And I look at L.A. County, for example, that decided to do an indoor masking mandate. And with all due respect, I understand wanting to err on the side of caution. But when you make a move like that that’s counter to what CDC’s put out there, you have to have science to back it up. And what do they have? They have a 60%-plus one dose vaccination rate. Test positivity, 3% or less. It’s actually

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