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Dr. Robert Redfield is furious with Dr. Scott Atlas, who has the nerve to claim that he is providing legitimate scientific evidence to President Trump. CBS News claims that Redfield said the information Atlas was presenting to Trump was misleading; then he stated that “everything he says is false.” So much for professional, open, scientific inquiry.
Dr. Atlas is frustrated and perplexed about the efforts to defame him, and so are his colleagues. Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya, an eminent epidemiologist and medical professor at Stanford University and who has been seen interviewed by Peter Robinson multiple times for Uncommon Knowledge, responded tactfully:
Dr. Redfield is a prominent and respected scientist, so I respect his opinion, but I don’t know what he’s thinking.
I suspect he’s thinking that he is appearing inept or at worst, incompetent.
The more we learn about Covid-19, the more the CDC demonstrates its inability to provide timely and responsible information to the public.
Why has Dr. Atlas drawn so much ire from his colleagues?—
Atlas is known for pushing back on coronavirus panic with scientific evidence, including in his view that quarantines should target the vulnerable and infected rather than the healthy, the historic norm.
He has also provided the following summary that is supported by the latest scientific evidence:
1. Children and young adults are at an extremely low risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19.
2. Lockdowns are extremely harmful.
3. Children do not frequently spread this virus to adults.
4. Immunity to this virus is not just because of detected antibodies [i.e., you probably don’t have to get COVID-19 to have some immune defense against it].
5. The safest, strongest strategy for our nation is to diligently protect the vulnerable and open society to end the lockdown.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is also unhappy about Dr. Atlas’ advice and referred to him as an “outlier.” Others have also tried to discredit Dr. Atlas because he is not an epidemiologist. Although one publication tried to identify him only as a radiologist, his credentials are quite extensive:
Prior to arriving at the Hoover Institution, Atlas had a highly distinguished 25-year career as an academic physician at our country’s finest medical centers. After receiving his M.D. degree at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, he was chief resident at Northwestern University Medical Center. He received his fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he rapidly emerged as an expert in neuroradiology. He has been a leading clinician and researcher into novel applications of advanced MRI in disorders of the brain and spine, and a leading educator on these advances all over the world.
I suspect that Trump was not only impressed with Dr. Atlas’ credentials, but his outspoken personality probably preceded him—he’s speaking on behalf of the public, not his own reputation.
Trump had to delight in adding an “outlier” to his team.Published in