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Technology 'No They're Not': Top Journal Editor on Scott Atlas' Claims Scientists Are Backing Trump's COVID Response

12:50  09 october  2020
12:50  09 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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The editorial does not mention US President Donald Trump by name, but notes that “our leaders” in “The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID -19 pandemic Trump ’ s opposition to science has been on full display since he was discharged from Walter Reed

The editor-in-chief of one of the world's most prestigious science journals has criticized White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas for claiming "scientists all over the world" agree with President Donald Trump's approach to handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Dr. Scott Atlas speaks at a news conference in the briefing room of the White House on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Atlas' appointment as a White House coronavirus advisor has sparked controversy. © Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Dr. Scott Atlas speaks at a news conference in the briefing room of the White House on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Atlas' appointment as a White House coronavirus advisor has sparked controversy.

Atlas, a neuroradiologist who is not an expert in infectious diseases or epidemiology, tweeted on Thursday: "Looks like top scientists all over the world are lining up with the @realDonaldTrump #Covid_19 policy to 1) aggressively protect the vulnerable, and 2) OPEN schools and society! Yes - we ARE following the science! NO MORE LOCKDOWNS. #FactsMatter."

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In a separate tweet, he shared a link to a news story about health experts joining a "global anti-lockdown movement."

"Top scientists all over the world line up with the #Covid_19 policy of @realDonaldTrump Protect the vulnerable and OPEN schools and society. That is the science!" he wrote.

The BBC News article Atlas linked to reported on the Great Barrington Declaration, an open letter expressing concern that COVID-19 policies are damaging people's physical and mental health.

According to its website, the declaration has been signed by over 5,300 medical and public health scientists. They argue people with the lowest risk of dying from COVID-19 should return to normal life and to build up immunity by being infected by the virus, while those at high risk are protected.

However, the idea of letting the virus spread unchecked is viewed as dangerous by World Health Organization experts. The BBC News report highlighted critics of the plan, who said it may not be possible to totally protect the vulnerable. They also voiced concerned about the long-term side effects that even healthy people may have from catching the virus.

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It was unclear what policy Atlas, senior fellow at the conservative think tank and research institute the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, was referring to in his tweet. The Trump administration did not roll out a national strategy, but instead issued guidelines for re-opening and let governors decide how to deal with the pandemic in their respective states.

Last month, experts told Newsweek of how the U.S. had mismanaged the pandemic from the start. For months, the U.S. has had the highest case and death count for the coronavirus. Over 7.6 million people have tested positive, including president Donald Trump and members of his administration, and 212,773 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The Science editor's response

On Thursday, Holden Thorp, the editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals and a professor of chemistry and medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, quote tweeted Atlas' initial post. "No they're not. I would know," he said.

Jeremy Berg, Thorp's predecessor at Science and professor of computational and systems biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, replied: "Yes, me too (immediate past Science EiC). They are most definitely not (with a few exceptions who also lack epidemiology expertise like Dr. Atlas)."

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Trump will work in a special suite at the hospital for the next few days as a precautionary measure, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. Trump is playing with American people. will say perfectly fine even if got covid . Will get sympathy votes +will ask all to vote in person and not to

Andrew Paul Landstrom, a pediatric cardiologist and cardiovascular geneticist at Duke University School of Medicine, also replied to Holden's tweet, saying he was "going to go ahead and side" with the the Science editor-in-chief in the exchange.

Atlas' appointment to the White House this summer sparked controversy. Last month, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a colleague during a phone call that "everything" Atlas says "is false."

Atlas has also faced criticism from former colleagues at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

A group of 78 health experts signed a letter stating they felt they had a "moral and an ethical responsibility to call attention to the falsehoods and misrepresentations of science recently fostered" by him.

His appointment has been regarded by some as an attempt to sideline White House coronavirus task force members such as Anthony Fauci, who has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, and present views that align more closely with the president's.

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