Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb admitted that cloth masks do not provide a high level of protection against COVID-19. Gottlieb — who sits on the board of directors of Pfizer — delivered his insight on face masks as well as stating that the omicron is a milder variant during an appearance on “Face the Nation.”
“Cloth masks aren’t going to provide a lot of protection, that’s the bottom line,” Gottlieb told host Margaret Brennan on Sunday morning.
“This is an airborne illness,” he continued. “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,” explained Gottlieb, who was a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine before becoming the 23rd FDA commissioner in 2017.- READ MORE