A White House official confirmed that the Stanford University neuroradiologist, who had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, resigned after his temporary government assignment ended. Atlas confirmed the news in a tweet on Monday evening. Atlas joined the White House this summer, where he clashed with top government scientists including Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic which killed more than 267,000 people in the American Atlas has been heavily criticized by public health experts, including Fauci, for providing Trump with misleading or incorrect information about the pandemic.
Atlas has broken with government experts and the overwhelming consensus in the scientific community to criticize efforts to encourage facial coverage to slow the spread of the virus. Just a few weeks ago, on Twitter, he responded to Michigan’s latest viral restrictions by encouraging people to “stand up” against state policies.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer called Atlas’ appeal “incredibly reckless.” “We all really need to focus on the public health crisis that is ravaging our country and which poses a very real threat to all of us,” said the Democratic governor.
Atlas later tweeted that he would “NEVER” endorse or incite violence. Fourteen men have been charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer.
His views also prompted Stanford to issue a statement distancing itself from the faculty member, saying Atlas “has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach to responding to the pandemic.” ”
“We support the use of masks, social distancing, and the performance of surveillance and diagnostic tests,” the university said on November 16. “We also believe in the importance of strictly following the advice of local and national health authorities. ”