President Donald Trump again recognized Dr. Scott Atlas at a coronavirus event on Wednesday, leaving the floor to his new adviser who has advocated against locks and school closures and wants to hasten the immunity of the “herd “.
Trump turned to Dr Atlas, whom he introduced to the media earlier this week, at an event about reopening schools, even as the nation grapples with infections among young people, even on campuses that are starting to reopen.
“It is a great honor to be asked to help in any way possible,” said Atlas, a trained neuro-radiologist at the Hoover Institution known for his appearances on Fox News.
President Donald Trump again greeted Dr Scott Atlas, his coronavirus advisor, on Wednesday. Atlas reiterated his call for schools to reopen, adding: “We know that children have an extremely low risk of disease – even less than that of seasonal flu”
“We know the risk of contracting the disease is extremely low for children – even less than that of the seasonal flu,” Atlas told an audience at an event that featured more than 25 US flags.
“We know that the harm associated with excluding children from school is enormous,” he continued. “And we also know, as we would all agree, that the children of Education America are high on the list for our nation’s priorities.
Atlas, who joined Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, thanked the President and others at the event for “recognizing these truths and to get children back to school safely.
“We’ve worked very closely with him, the whole task force, the whole White House,” Trump said of Dr. Scott Atlas, whose new title is adviser to the president.
Trump recognized Dr. Scott Atlas at the White House on Wednesday
Trump in turn congratulated Atlas and indicated he would attend a press conference later Wednesday – a role previously held by infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx.
“We’ll have more of Scott in a little while. We’re going to meet, ”Trump said, referring to an upcoming task force meeting. “We worked very closely with him, the whole task force, the whole White House,” Trump added.
Then Trump made a bizarre statement coming from the nation that leads the world in reported coronavirus infections.
“You see countries, other countries are exploding now in terms of disease, you name it what you want, so many different names for the disease,” Trump said. “Whether it’s the Chinese virus and some that I won’t get into, I just get in trouble when I do,” Trump said, in a possible reference to his earlier use of the term “Kung flu”.
Atlas in his speakers bureau biography says he has advised presidential candidates and has been identified as a 2008 campaign adviser to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
CNN reported that Atlas’s title is that of adviser to the president.
Atlas spoke to Fox News in an appearance in mid-July amid a nationwide debate over whether to keep schools closed.
Dr Atlas highlighted the costs of lockdowns and noted that most people who contract COVID-19 are not seriously injured. “It’s so mild that half of those infected are asymptomatic, as the first data from the Diamond Princess ship shows, then to Iceland and Italy,” Atlas wrote.
“We’re the only country in the world, it’s a level of hysteria like this, I feel like I’m living in a Kafka novel here. I mean I get thousands of emails a week from all over the world from professors, teachers, mothers in the US and elsewhere they are amazed that we are ready to just destroy our children because of a weird idea that is completely against science, ”he said.
In May, Atlas disagreed with a model projecting 134,000 deaths as of August 4, based on his reading of the death rate.
The United States exceeded that total and, as of August 10, it exceeded 160,000.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has frequently quoted Atlas, as she did in July on the White House podium when she said: “Children under 18 are at risk. virtually zero deaths from COVID, virtually zero risk of serious illness. “
In an April editorial published in The Hill, Atlas warned of “mass isolation” measures nations were taking to prevent the spread of the virus.
The United States has imposed lockdowns, but in a disjointed way that Fauci and others say has not done enough to prevent an increase in cases. The United States has more than 5 million, or about a quarter of all infections worldwide.
“It’s so mild that half of those infected are asymptomatic, as the first data from the Diamond Princess ship shows, then to Iceland and Italy,” Atlas wrote.
“This has been misrepresented as an issue requiring massive isolation. In fact, infected people without serious illness are the immediately available vehicle for building widespread immunity. By transmitting the virus to other members of the low-risk group who then generate antibodies, they block the network of pathways to the most vulnerable people, thus ending the threat, ”Atlast continued. “Extending the isolation of the entire population would directly prevent this widespread immunity from developing.
Atlas offered optimal information in a July interview even as cases increased.
“If the cases are increasing it’s okay, the main thing is to prevent a big epidemic of death and serious complications and the way we do it is to protect the high risk group,” Atlas said. “In fact, we are protecting the high risk group much better now, because we are seeing that there is a huge increase in cases, but there is actually a decrease in the rate of hospitalizations and a continued decrease in the rate of death. . “
During the event, Trump rejected the hybrid approach that many schools had planned, although some dropped the idea as cases of the coronavirus increased. It allows students to attend classes in person once or twice a week while maintaining social distancing.
Trump said it sounded “ridiculous” and “very strange”.