The CDC pushed again on misinterpretations of a research.
Trump, throughout a city corridor with NBC News Thursday, mentioned that “just the other day, they came out with a statement that 85% of the people that wear masks, catch it.”
Moderator Savannah Guthrie instantly pushed again.
“They didn’t say that,” Guthrie mentioned. “I know that study.”
“Well, that’s what I heard. And that’s what I saw,” a defiant Trump replied.
The president made the identical inaccurate declare throughout a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, earlier within the day.
“Look at all the masks. You know, they keep saying, ‘Nobody wears a mask, wear the mask.’ Although then, they come out with things today. Did you see CDC? That 85% of the people wearing a mask catch it, OK?” Trump advised the packed viewers.
And a Thursday morning interview with Fox News Trump mentioned, “Then you see CDC comes out with a statement that 85% of the people wearing masks catch it,” asking, “What’s that all about?”
It discovered that of 154 symptomatic individuals who had examined optimistic, 85% mentioned they’d worn a masks both “always” or “often” over the 14 days previous to the onset of their sickness — the place Trump’s quantity got here from. It additionally discovered that of the remaining 160 individuals within the research who reported signs however had examined unfavorable, 88.7% mentioned they’d worn a masks both “always” or “often.”
After the research gained consideration on social media this week with customers elevating questions on the effectiveness of carrying a masks, the CDC tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that “the interpretation that more mask-wearers are getting infected compared to non-mask wearers is incorrect.”
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration chief within the Trump administration, pushed again on the president’s inaccurate interpretation Friday morning and burdened that masks are efficient in slowing the unfold.
“Masks are not a panacea, but they’re going to afford you a level of protection,” Gottlieb advised CNBC. “In an environment where the alternative is having a raging epidemic that’s going to force some kind of economic dislocation, I’d rather try to get everyone in masks and I’d rather try to get them in high-quality masks because we know it’s going to slow down the transmission. It’s going to have an impact.”
He famous most research on the effectiveness of masks have proven that carrying one reduces the transmission of the virus by blocking respiratory droplets.
One of the research’s co-authors, Christopher Lindsell, co-director of the Health Data Science Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, advised CNN in an electronic mail Thursday that Trump misrepresented the data.
“The data suggest that among a group of patients who are already showing symptoms that prompted them to get testing for the virus, there was no statistical evidence of a difference in mask wearing behavior between those who tested positive and those who tested negative,” Lindsell mentioned.
“This is very different from the question of whether wearing masks prevents you becoming infected with the virus, and it is also different to the question of how many or what percentage of people who wear masks contract the virus. The study was not designed to answer these questions.”
Trump’s continued false claims come as he pushes for an finish to COVID-19 restrictions, repeating on Thursday what’s turn out to be a mantra to him all through the pandemic, “The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”