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Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb said that cloth masks do not provide much protection against the Omicron CCP virus variant, in the midst of a spike of cases nationwide.
Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, said that scientists understand the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19, transmits via airborne particles. Cloth face coverings are not very effective at stopping those particles, as opposed to transmission via droplets, he said in a CBS interview on Sunday.
“Cloth masks aren’t going to provide a lot of protection, that’s the bottom line. This is an airborne illness. We now understand that, and a cloth mask is not going to protect you from a virus that spreads through airborne transmission. It could protect better through droplet transmission, something like the flu, but not something like this coronavirus,” Gottlieb told CBS News‘ “Face the Nation.”
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