Trump adviser questions efficacy of mask mandates despite CDC guidelines recommending their use

White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas criticized the “obsession” with mask mandates, going against the advice of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other advisers, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“The mask mandates have been proven not to work,” Atlas said during an interview on Fox News last week. “You look at Europe … these countries have had mask mandates for months, and they’re exploding with cases.”

President Trump cited Atlas while casting doubt on how effective masks are at stopping the spread of coronavirus during his town hall Thursday. Moderator Savannah Guthrie fired back that Atlas isn’t an infectious disease expert.

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