@SWAtlasHoover, who’s pushed to reopen our economy prematurely, argued to rethink mask policies, & minimized COVID’s death rate.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 12, 2020
President Donald Trump announced the hiring of Dr. Scott Atlas as a coronavirus adviser on Monday.
Atlas is a healthcare policy expert who works at the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank at Stanford University. He is not an infectious-diseases expert.
He has been a frequent guest on Fox News in recent months, where he frequently spoke out against lockdown measures and for the full reopening of schools in the fall.
Atlas’ appointment comes as Trump appears to be tiring of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, two experts who have been on the White House coronavirus task force for months.
Since the beginning of the US coronavirus outbreak, Atlas has spoken out against imposing lockdown measures, saying it impedes herd immunity and is costing the lives of people too afraid to seek emergency medical treatment for other issues.
“In the absence of immunization, society needs circulation of the virus, assuming high-risk people can be isolated,” he wrote in an op-ed for The Hill in April. “It is very possible that whole-population isolation prevented natural herd immunity from developing.”
You know who's sticking up for Dr. Fauci?
China is. https://t.co/h1irxIlajG
— Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank) August 14, 2020
The U.S. COVID19 death toll is projected to reach 253,000 by Election Day in University of Washington’s model: https://t.co/vLO2rEvWb7
— Adam Rifkin is half-vaccinated. 🐼 (@ifindkarma) August 8, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough. https://t.co/rzCDCLB21w
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 12, 2020