WASHINGTON — At a contentious interview on the BBC’s”Newshour” In that role, he utilized his appearance to the BBC to defend facets of this president’s widely criticized response to COVID-19.
Atlas An authority in brain imaging, he has no experience with a pandemic reply but seems to have parlayed his frequent appearances on Fox News into a White House appointment.
Confronted By the BBC interviewer regarding his lack of expertise, Atlas lashed out. “You know, I must laugh at this,” he stated, adding that it was”kind of absurd” to believe a virologist or immunologist was required to deal with the pandemic.
Before Linking the Trump government, Atlas made announcements that called into question his comprehension of the virus. He endorsed the push by many Republican governors to reopen their states’ economies in early May, while many public health officials, such as Fauci, were advocating caution. Many states from the Sun Belt failed miserably, only to see important spikes in both illnesses and deaths.
Later, Atlas attempted to blame those spikes on antiracism protests and on immigrants from Mexico. The view of most public health experts is that when governors took the strategy Atlas advocated, newly reopened restaurants, bars, and other venues quickly became sites of viral transmission.
Atlas has affirmed the controversial strategy of allowing the Virus to spread naturally until enough of the population — around 60 or 70 percent, by varying estimates — has been exposed to achieve what’s called”herd immunity,” at which point the epidemic should end by itself. This was Sweden’s goal in resisting the kinds of lockdowns many other countries instituted. That strategy failed.
Despite Having blatantly and advocated for the herd immunity approach, Atlas refused to be a herd immunity proponent to the BBC, echoing a similar refusal he made on CNN earlier this week. “I’ve never, actually never, advised the president of the United States to pursue a plan of herd immunity, of opening the doors and letting people get infected,” he said.
While The contents of his information to the president aren’t known, his record on herd immunity is unambiguous. Writing in the Hill in April, Atlas explained that”infected people without severe illness would be the instantly available vehicle for establishing widespread immunity.” That was about the time that Trump and many Republican governors were growing tired of lockdowns, although those had gone into effect only weeks earlier.
Atlas Was a proponent of that view. “The information is in — prevent the dread and finish the entire isolation,” that his Hill op-ed was titled.
He made the exact same point on Friday, asserting that”the impact of controlling the lockdown is worse than the impact of the disease,” despite overwhelming evidence that lockdowns helped save lives, which even nonfatal cases of COVID-19 have been shown to inflict severe and potentially long-lasting damage into the heart and other organs.
Atlas Also believes that although nearly 190,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, the country is on better footing, in relative terms, than most of its counterparts in Europe, where the virus has mostly been included.
“You Can’t eliminate this, can you?” Menendez asked.
“Excuse Me personally,” an irritated Atlas said. “You can.” He went on to say the Johns Hopkins number was”wrong” and”incorrect.” Trump has recently maintained, falsely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is vastly inflating fatality counts. Atlas did not seem to be making the exact same argument.
Atlas Stated a better contrast was of”excess mortality,” a measure of how many more people died during a period of time than was expected to, according to historical patterns.
Trump And Republicans have repeatedly claimed lately that excess mortality in Europe is 40 percent higher than that in the United States. The principal issue with this assertion is it is not true. Trump appears to have simply made the statistic, and a fact check of the claim by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found it to be false.
He didn’t respond to a request for comment in Yahoo News. The White House also did not react to a request for an excuse.
Like many of the president’s assistants and the president himself, Atlas selectively deploys statistics that portray the nation’s pandemic at the most favorable light possible, while downplaying both past errors and remaining challenges.
“We are doing much better,” he stated in his BBC interview, that came on the exact same day That the United States saw another day of over 1,000 Deaths in the coronavirus.
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