Can Dr. Scott Atlas Save America Now?
By Neenah Payne
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.
Since mid-March, America has been following COVID-19 “health” policies recommended by the World Health Organization, Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the White House Corona Task Force), Bill Gates, the Food and Drug Administration, and the American Medical Association.
These policies include:
- Wearing masks in public
- Social Distancing
- Lockdown of “non-essential” businesses
- Closure of schools
- Contact tracing
- Waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine
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People who contract the COVID-19 virus have been advised to stay home until they get sick enough to go to the hospital where many are put on respirators which have killed up to 80% of the COVID-19 patients. The corporate media daily reports the “statistics” which keep Americans terrified of dying from what is presented as a “deadly pandemic” that will kill millions of people as did the Black Plague and Spanish Flu if we don’t all abide by these policies for however long they are required.
Bill Gates (who is not a doctor and was not elected or appointed by any government) said that the world cannot go fully back to normal until most people get his rushed mRNA vaccine. The New York Post article Americans will wear masks for ‘several years’ due to coronavirus: expert predicted says:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top official handling the US COVID-19 response, said recently he was cautiously optimistic that there could be a vaccine for the virus by 2021.
Results of COVID-19 “Health” Policies
In March, we were told that the lockdown would be for a few weeks to help “flatten the curve”. However, on July 6, the New York Post article cited above shows that these policies could drag on for several years. In just six months, the “health” policies have caused a wave of bankruptcies. How much more harm would they cause if they last for several years?
As consumers and businesses default on their mortgages and loans, there could be widespread failures of banks, credit unions, insurance companies and other financial institutions. The International Monetary Fund predicts the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The Minneapolis Fed says unemployment could surge to Great Depression levels. What’s so frightening about these predictions of the “future” is that they have already come true. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, 51 million Americans have been thrown out of work. At stake is the very survival of businesses employing tens of millions of people. These businesses — including some of the biggest corporations in the world — are about to lose.
Some of the first victims of the lockdown include:
- Hotel and travel industry
- Retail chains
- Department stores
- Rental properties
- Cruise lines
- Shipping lines
- Farmers and our food supply
- Museums, sports events, concerts, and dance performances
- In addition, these “health” policies are resulting in:
- Violation of First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Religion
- Record number of suicides
- Over forty million Americans are at risk of losing their homes
- Disruption of education with closure of schools
- Disruption of medical services resulting in other deaths
Time For Civil Disobedience Now? shows that 1.3 million Germans marched on Berlin on August 1 to protest the COVID-19 policies. The Stand Up! site lists the demands of the tens of thousands of Brits who protested in London and will participate in ongoing protests in August and September. On August 8, tens of thousands of Canadians marched on Montreal.
Trump Appoints New Coronavirus Health Advisor
The media-driven attempt to paint his views on health policy as “unscientific” is a smear. Almost as soon as Dr. Scott Atlas of Stanford University was named a special adviser to the president last week, having been brought in to help manage the response to the pandemic, some quarters of the American media began attacking him.
CNN, for example, prominently featured an article with the title “Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims,” elsewhere referring to Atlas’s “non-science views.” A look at Atlas’s credentials suggests that the accusation that he has non-science-based views is risible.
The article adds:
As we work to contain the virus while preserving our economy, it is essential that we think rationally about risks and trade-offs. The administration is counting on Dr. Atlas for guidance in this effort. Among his qualifications, which CNN disregards in its smear campaign, Atlas is a world-renowned physician and health-policy scholar. He currently serves as the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, one of the world’s most distinguished think tanks.
Prior to arriving at the Hoover Institution, Atlas had a highly distinguished 25-year career as an academic physician at our country’s finest medical centers. After receiving his M.D. degree at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, he was chief resident at Northwestern University Medical Center.
He received his fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he rapidly emerged as an expert in neuroradiology. He has been a leading clinician and researcher into novel applications of advanced MRI in disorders of the brain and spine, and a leading educator on these advances all over the world. Atlas is widely recognized as an exceptional teacher. He has been an invited speaker and visiting professor at our nation’s top universities from coast to coast, and he is a highly sought-after speaker throughout the world.
Atlas is the editor of what became the leading textbook in the field, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine; now in its fifth edition and translated into Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese, that book has served as the standard for the world since its original publication. He has published over a hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been a reviewer and an editorial-board member of the major scientific journals in his field.
Dr. Atlas served on the faculties of several of our nation’s top medical centers, including those at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Pennsylvania, New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, and most recently Stanford University School of Medicine. From 1998 to 2012, he was a professor and the chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University, now one of the nation’s top neuroradiology divisions. He has trained over a hundred neuroradiologists, many of whom are leaders in the field throughout the world.
Universally recognized as one of the world’s premier experts in the field, Atlas has received numerous honors and accolades. In recognition of his exceptional scholarship, he has received several honorary memberships in medical societies in the United States and other nations. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he conducted research on China’s health-care system.
In 2011 he received the highest career achievement honor for a distinguished alumnus from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves on the advisory board at the University Hospital and Clinical Neurosciences Center in Zurich, Switzerland.”
Stop The Panic and End Isolation
Dr. Atlas says the new surge of coronavirus cases is not a reason to panic. In his Fox News interview, he says to focus instead on the declining number of hospitalizations and deaths.
Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center.
The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation is an April 22, 2020 article by Dr. Atlas in which he discusses the following points:
The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.
Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the near-total lockdown.
Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.
Fact 2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.
Fact 3: Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.
Fact 4: People are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections.
Fact 5: We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures.
Dr. Atlas concludes:
Let’s stop underemphasizing empirical evidence while instead doubling down on hypothetical models. Facts matter.
Dr. Atlas is the editor of the 2010 Reforming America’s Health Care System: The Flawed Vision of ObamaCare.
Dr. Atlas is the author of the following books:
Sept 2020 Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost – Amazon says: “Dr. Scott W. Atlas examines the status of US health care under the Affordable Care Act and presents key reforms to meet the nation’s significant health care challenges. Updated for 2020, the revised edition includes the facts about single-payer systems and the implications of Medicare for All proposals. Atlas’s six-point incentive-based plan instills market-based competition, empowers consumers, and reduces government authority over health care. These reforms lower costs, stimulate innovation, and broaden access to quality care.”
The Enormous Costs of The COVID-19 Shutdown
The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings is a video interview with Dr. Atlas recorded on June 18, 2020.
The COVID-19 Shutdown Will Cost Americans Millions of Years of Life is a May 25 article by Dr. Atlas and three other authors.
Dr. Scott Atlas is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, an accomplished physician, and a scholar of public health. For several weeks, Dr. Atlas has been making the case in print and in other media that we as a society have overreacted in imposing draconian restrictions on movement, gatherings, schools, sports, and other activities. He is not a COVID-19 denier—he believes the virus is a real threat and should be managed as such. But, as Dr. Atlas argues, there are some age groups and activities that are subject to very low risk. The one-size-fits-all approach we are currently using is overly authoritarian, inefficient, and not based in science.
Dr. Atlas’s prescription includes more protection for people in nursing homes, two weeks of strict self-isolation for those with mild symptoms, and most importantly, the opening of all K–12 schools. The latter recommendation is vital for restarting and maintaining the economy so that parents are not housebound trying to work and educate their children. Dr. Atlas is also adamant that an economic shutdown, and all of the attendant issues that go along with it, is a terrible solution—the cure is worse than the disease. Finally, Dr. Atlas reveals some steps he’s taken in his own life to try to get things back to normal.
The Enormous Damage of COVID-19 “Health” Policies
COVID-19 Interview with Scott Atlas
June 18, 2020
Dr. Atlas points out that people in nursing homes should have been protected because they were the most vulnerable to infection by COVID-19. He says the sensationalizing of the situation and the idea to lockdown everyone didn’t pass a common sense test – let alone for people with a medical perspective. There was a climate of fear which caused irrational actions. There is an absence of critical thinking.
Dr. Atlas said the policy was based on the goal of “stopping COVID-19 at all costs” without consideration of the many major consequences of a lockdown. That was a gross failure of government policy which will go down in history as an error of epoch proportions. The shutting down of medical care has already killed more people than COVID-19, but will kill more and is setting up a massive public health crisis.
Dr. Atlas is disappointed that economists were silent. The world poverty crisis that will result from this policy was almost all unnecessary. The models were grossly wrong and had a lot of obvious errors. Computer scientists were in charge of healthcare policy. That alone should have raised a red flag. Decisions were made based on worst-case scenarios.
The CDC’s posting of the COVID-19 data from around the world has inexplicably not been reported which is very frightening. The data, including from the US, shows that for people under the age of 60, the risk from COVID-19 is less than from the seasonal flu! Earlier, you couldn’t say that because it was equivalent to being a Flat Earther! The data overwhelmingly shows that for people under the age of 18, there is almost zero risk of fatality or a serious illness from COVID-19. So, there is no rational basis to close schools, to require social distancing for children, or to have kids wear masks. These policies were completely antithetical to the science. However, COVID-19 is very serious for people over 80, especially with underlying conditions – particularly diabetes.
This denial of evidence about children did a great deal of harm because it shut kids out of school. That caused harm not just from “distance learning” – which is a fantasy that caused a 30% drop in reading comprehension. In Boston, a huge percentage of children never even logged on.
The paraphernalia of the affluent – iPads, software, and all kinds of broadbands, Wi-Fi – is not available to all people. It furthers the unequal outcome in various socio-economic groups. It is really a disaster.
There are two flaws to the idea that children must be contained because they can transmit the disease:
- You don’t lock down the people who are healthy just because somehow an indirect damage could occur. Instead, you protect the people you know could be harmed. That’s sort of common sense. You don’t have to be a medical scientist to understand that.
- There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence that’s not acknowledged by people who want to keep schools shut. Children hardly ever – if ever – transmit the disease. It’s proven that children have a very low likelihood of transmitting the disease to adults – even to their own parents.
Papers that pushed to close schools based on the idea that children are contagious have been completely destroyed in the literature. The reality is that closing schools is harmful to the people whom schools are supposed to serve. It causes a lack of socializing and a lack of physical activity. Everyone understands that what you learn in school extends far beyond what you can learn in a book.
This idea that teachers need to be protected makes no sense because half of American teachers are 41 years old or younger and 82% are under the age of 55. If there are high-risk teachers, we know how to do social distancing for them. They could surround themselves with a six-foot space, wear plexiglass shields – or even teach from home if they want. It has nothing to do with shutting down schools. This idea of masks being necessary – especially for children – is completely irrational. First of all, the World Health Organization has on its website the statement “Healthy people should wear masks only when taking care of COVID-19 patients”. However, that is not reported in the news.
Dr. Atlas says that when you lock down children, you are locking down parents. It’s a complete lack of understanding of the real world to think that it’s just an inconvenience to have kids under foot. You can’t go back to work if you have kids at home. However, the harms to the children themselves are the biggest issue. There is no reason to stop summer programs.
LA County has a 54-page book on re-opening schools and they are talking about distance learning, six-foot spacing, children wearing masks, one-way walking in halls, giving a little kid a ball with his name on it which no one else can touch at recess. I don’t even know how to explain how irrational what we are seeing is. The policy makers are just being exposed as grossly incompetent and unable to do the job – but it’s to the point of destruction really.
Kids who have a hearing or vision problem are often detected by the school. A lot of lower socio-economic kids get their nutritional needs met at school. There is really a massive disconnect between the governing powers and the role of schools. The children are safer in school. We’re creating a generation of neurotic children by making them afraid and forcing them to wear masks. No one can anticipate the long-term outcome of that. We’re already seeing that suicides are higher now in younger people – because of the lockdown! Suicide calls to hotlines are increasing. The massive destruction of the policy is FAR higher than COVID-19 directly!
In the US alone, 50,000 people die every year from the flu. In fact, the flu is far more dangerous than COIVD-19 for young children. With respect to the universities, there is zero science to have any kind of modification whatsoever in terms of masks, spacing, classes. It is not necessary to protect young people. The same issues apply to universities as to K-12. No one would pay to go to Stanford University if all it was about is what you can learn online!
The policy makers are not using common sense and logic or looking at the science. What is the purpose of the university? Dr. Atlas said that if he had to choose one thing – it would be to teach people how to use critical thinking. Yet, the leadership in universities are showing a gross absence of critical thinking. If they want to protect the high-risk professors, they can do so. In the same way, it is irrational to limit restaurants and businesses and require six-foot spacing.
Dr. Atlas commented on the completely irrational restrictions being made on healthy people. He lamented the criminal negligence – or worse – of killing thousands of people in nursing homes who had 50-85% of the deaths even after the lockdown. This is common sense Medical School 101. Instead, the policy makers just forgot about the nursing homes and locked down everyone else. It’s really inexplicable.
The policy of trying to stop COVID-19 didn’t make sense because it doesn’t matter if people get the disease if they are not going to have a serious complication. Dr. Atlas said he don’t even know why that has to be explained.
The hospitals shut down, by directive, for non-essential conditions with the following results:
- 50% of the 650,000 Americans with cancer who have chemo regimens stopped going into the hospital for treatment
- 40% of people who had an acute stroke who would have normally gone to the hospital within hours, didn’t call an ambulance
- 85% of living organ donor transplant procedures were not done
- 75% of cancer screenings were not done
- 60% of physical therapy was not being done
- 50% of urgent care visits were not done
Actuarial tables can calculate the loss of life as a result of these events.
Each month of lockdown resulted in a loss of life almost equal to the total of lives lost from COVID-19.
Dr. Atlas said he has received thousands of emails every week from top medical scientists and epidemiologists all over the world thanking him for being so outspoken on this – saying that what he is saying is exactly right but they’re afraid to speak out.
Dr. Atlas explained that COVID-19 is going away now. Predictions of a “Second Wave” are fear-based rather than looking at the science. Even the World Health Organization and Dr. Fauci say it is not certain there will be a Second Wave now. We need not fear it in any case because we know how to handle it.
Dr. Scott Atlas: Re-Open Schools Fully Now
Dr. Scott Atlas Focuses on Herd Immunity
America Finally Goes Herd is a video by Del Bigtree of The Highwire which shows that in mid-August, President Trump appointed Dr. Scott Atlas, as the new Coronavirus Health Advisor. Dr. Atlas’ views are radically different from those of Dr. Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and Bill Gates. Dr. Atlas is a supporter of herd immunity rather than lockdown/ masks/ social distancing/ contact tracing/ vaccine. Herd immunity is the policy used by Sweden which Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization said in April is the best model to follow now.
“President Donald Trump has taken on a new coronavirus adviser who shares his belief that schools and college football should resume in the fall — as he continues to be at odds with top experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci. At the White House’s coronavirus briefing on Monday, Trump announced the hiring of Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank at Stanford University.
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.”
Since May, Atlas has also appeared on Fox News regularly to speak on the US coronavirus crisis, and shared opinions often at odds with many public-health experts’ warnings. For one, Atlas has said that he thinks schools should reopen and that the college football season should be able to start without any issues. These ideas seem to line up with the president’s own ideas about the pandemic.”