Twitter has deleted a tweet from White House public health expert Scott Atlas asserting that general mask-wearing does not slow or stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Atlas tweeted out an article from the American Institute for Economic Research on Saturday that argued that face masks should be restricted to narrow circumstances, such as “when visiting an at-risk elderly person or in a controlled health care setting such as a hospital or nursing home.” The article, written by Roger Koops, also questioned if widespread mask use may lead to increased spread of the virus, not less.
“Masks work? NO,” Atlas said in a now-deleted tweet sharing Koops’ article. Twitter confirmed to CNN that the platform removed Atlas’ tweet.
Atlas joined President Trump’s coronavirus task force in mid-August to advise the president on the federal government’s response to the pandemic. Atlas is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and served as head neuroradiology professor at Stanford University Medical Center