Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House CCP Virus (coronavirus) task force, blamed mainstream media for publishing “conflicting information” about virus pandemic.
During an interview on Fox News‘s “The Ingraham Angle,” Atlas said, “The media has a done a poor job of explaining [and] allowing the data to be brought forward.” This came a day after Scott had a heated exchange with NBC News reporter Peter Alexander.
Alexander questioned Atlas for contradicting Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the number of Americans who are still vulnerable to the CCP Virus.
According to The Hill, during a briefing at the White House, Atlas said, “I think that Dr. Redfield misstated something … the data on the susceptible, what he was talking about what his surveillance data that showed roughly 9 percent of the country has antibodies, but when you look at the CDC data state by state much of that data is old.”
“The immunity to the infection is not solely determined by the percentage of people who have antibodies … the reality is that according to the papers from Sweden, Singapore, and elsewhere there is cross-immunity highly likely from other infections and there is also T-cell immunity, and the combination of those makes the antibodies a small fraction of the people that have immunity,” Atlas added.
Atlas expressed to host Laura Ingraham the need to provide truthful data in front of a tragedy that has killed 200,000 people. “When you get facts that are sort of partial truths, I think it’s very damaging,” he said.
“The American people are very afraid. No one wants to be afraid and the way to calm fear is to actually know the data and explain it very clearly and logically,” added Atlas who refuted the statement that 90% of the population is vulnerable to the virus, explaining that many people have immunity from T-cells and antibodies.
“It explains a lot about perhaps why children have very, very low risk from this, and explains perhaps why people in Asia didn’t have as much of a problem because they had prior coronavirus exposure,” said Atlas.
“It really is a story that is evolving here. But we need to understand it, because we are not all susceptible to the infection, and we know now, it looks very likely that at least three times that number of people [who test positive for CCP Virus antibodies] have immunity and perhaps even more. It depends when you do the antibody tests, because it’s transient,” Atlas said, according to Fox News.
Earlier this month, Stanford University academics addressed Atlas in an open letter criticizing his approach and handling of the CCP Virus pandemic, accusing him of spreading “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.”
Colleagues of Atlas at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute accused him of spreading the idea of herd immunity through virus transmission; such statements were confronted by Atlas via his Twitter account.
David Frum, a reporter for The Atlantic, wrote on his Twitter account, “White House new COVID [CCP Virus] adviser urges the US follow Swedish model on the virus: let the disease rip, build herd immunity.”
The so-called herd immunity was a proposed model to combat the spread of the virus in Sweden, one of the European countries that managed to regulate infections, with a biweekly infection rate of 37 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, lower than other countries such as France with 60 cases per 100,000 and Spain with 152.7 cases per 100,000.
According to a study published Aug. 14 in the journal Science, researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden and the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom investigated herd immunity and found that it could be achieved with a population-wide infection rate of about 40 percent.
According to the authors of the research, such a percentage is due to the fact that “the proportion of infected individuals in the groups with the highest contact rates is higher than in the groups with low contact rates.”
“This shift is because transmission and immunity are concentrated among the most active members of a population, who are often younger and less vulnerable,” they said. “If nonpharmaceutical interventions are very strict, no herd immunity is achieved, and infections will then resurge if they are eased too quickly.”
Meanwhile, the Stanford University experts who signed the letter said they were expressing their concerns solely in the interest of public health. However, according to a TownHall report, most of the signatories have donated to the Democratic Party or leftist groups.
Of the 107 signatories to the letter attacking Scott Atlas – 74 have made contributions to Democrats and left-learning initiatives. $417,434 in contributions over the past several cycles. Including $50K to Obama, $40K to Hillary, and over $83K to national Democratic Committees. pic.twitter.com/SImmG2hmXF
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) September 13, 2020
Of the 107 signers to the Stanford letter attacking Scott Atlas 69% of them have given $ to Democratic causes – including Joe Biden! But NOT ONE CENT to @realDonaldTrump
In fact, Stanford is so filled with liberals, employees have given Biden $178,188 and Trump just $8,053 pic.twitter.com/EFR9LHzBj8
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) September 14, 2020
In an opinion column, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who described former Dr. Anthony Fauci as a “bureaucrat,” said, “Of course, being a voice of a common-sense response to the COVID-19 [CCP Virus] epidemic means Dr. Atlas is in the sights of Democrats and other critics, whose goal appears to be to keep America in perpetual fear and chaos.”
“The left’s propaganda arm knows that if there isn’t a real complaint to throw at someone, it may become necessary to simply invent one in order to further the narrative. And this is what is happening to the totally apolitical Dr. Atlas,” added Biggs.
Earlier this month YouTube removed a video in which Dr. Atlas spoke about the need to implement universal measures of social distancing. The video was removed for apparently violating community standards.