Dr. Scott Atlas slams supposed experts who shaped the Trump administration’s COVID-19 pandemic response
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Dr. Scott Atlas, a former member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, criticized the supposed experts who shaped the Trump administration's response at the onset of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) last year.

Atlas accused National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield of forcing their tunnel vision upon the Trump administration.

In Atlas' new book, "A Plague Upon Our House," he said that Fauci, Birx and Redfield refused to consider all options in dealing with the pandemic.

Atlas wrote that when he presented compelling data suggesting that schools should be reopened and that children "were not major factors in the spread of the virus," neither Fauci nor Birx brought up the adverse effects of school closures.

Atlas wrote that he seemed to be the only person on the team who considered all the facts before forming theories.

Data no good for Fauci, Birx and Redfield

When the others on the task force reacted to Atlas' concerns, their comments were "hostile."

Birx claimed Atlas was "out of the mainstream" and part of a "fringe" group that wanted schools to reopen, wrote Atlas. Despite her claims, the latter insisted that all experts agreed with her.

According to an excerpt from the book, Atlas couldn't believe what Birx was saying because world-renowned epidemiologists like Martin Kulldorff from Harvard, Sunetra Gupta and Carl Heneghan from Oxford and Jay Bhattacharya and John Ioannidis from Stanford all agreed with his points. He also wondered if either Birx or Fauci had ever read a single publication by these experts.


In the book, Atlas also talked about how he presented detailed information about the spread of the virus through children.

He wrote that children were unlikely to spread the disease to adults and that children themselves were in "little danger of catching it."

Others on the White House Coronavirus Task Force pushed for school closures despite the data showing that "almost all coronavirus transmissions to children come from adults, not the other way around." (Related: Dr. Scott Atlas: Science killed itself over COVID-19.)

Redfield, Atlas wrote, suggested that the mountain of data still wasn't enough. Atlas was frustrated at "Redfield's apparent lack of knowledge," and was shocked at how Redfield ignored the scientific studies by other health experts that had been published across the globe.

Trump received bad advice from top advisers

Atlas also talked about why he was against the policies that "pushed lockdowns as the magic answer to stopping the virus."

Despite the many people dying from COVID-19, it was obvious that the lockdown policies weren't preventing deaths in the United States. Atlas wrote that "shutting down society" after millions had been infected by a very contagious virus didn't make sense.

He also pointed out how absurd it was to close all businesses and schools while forcing healthy, young people who are at little risk of getting the disease to protect the elderly by getting vaccinated.

Atlas noted that Trump was receiving bad advice from his top advisers. The task force allowed Fauci and Birx to tell governors to prolong the lockdowns and school closures and continue the severe restrictions on businesses, all of which didn't stop the elderly from dying and prevent the increase in recorded infections.

Worse, lockdowns and school closures only "destroyed families and sacrificed children," wrote Atlas. At the time, Trump's closest advisers were more focused on politics, which led to the task force giving the wrong advice, "contrary to the president’s desire to reopen schools and businesses."

Because of the bad advice, the White House was giving out "dangerous and confusing mixed messaging," said Atlas. He resigned in November, shortly before his term was due to end.

Go to Pandemic.news to learn more about the government's failed attempts to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

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