Atlas, a neuroradiologist who wrote a guide on magnetic resonance imaging, stated it does not matter that he has no experience in epidemiology or infectious illnesses; he accused public well being specialists of ignoring information; stated the US was doing higher in comparison with Europe when it comes to coronavirus deaths and claimed — incorrectly — that the case fatality fee within the US is down by greater than 90%.
Atlas stated ongoing restrictions to attempt to management the coronavirus pandemic are having worse results than the virus itself.
“The impression of prolonging the lockdown is worse than the impression of the illness,” Atlas informed the BBC Radio Newshour.
“There’s a worse end result from prolonging the lockdown and I feel everybody is aware of that,” stated Atlas, who can also be a senior fellow at Stanford College’s Hoover Establishment.
“We’re not advocating – I’m not advocating – much less mitigation. What I am advocating is utilizing logic and rational reasoning to know the harms of locking down,” Atlas stated.
Atlas referred to experiences displaying some most cancers sufferers are skipping chemotherapy, stroke sufferers should not going to the ER, childhood immunizations are down, and extra individuals have contemplated suicide throughout lockdown.
“That is due to the lockdown. That is due to the isolation. This isn’t direct injury from the virus,” he stated.
Atlas has been criticized for feedback made earlier this yr in protection of a herd immunity technique for dealing with the pandemic. He has denied this and denied that he argued for letting the pandemic run its course.
“I’ve by no means, actually by no means, suggested the President of the USA to pursue a method of herd immunity, of opening the doorways and letting individuals get contaminated. I’ve by no means suggested that, I’ve by no means advocated for that to the duty drive, I’ve by no means informed anyone within the White Home that that is what we must be doing,” Atlas stated.
He additionally stated that the idea of herd immunity just isn’t controversial.
“It’s identified to exist, should you do not perceive herd immunity as an immunologist or as a health care provider or anybody concerned within the dialogue about this, there’s one thing, you understand, lacking out of your data,” Atlas stated. “Herd immunity is a phenomenon.”
Herd immunity develops when sufficient individuals get an an infection and when there’s a vaccine, Atlas stated.
“That’s the complete goal of producing a vaccine,” he stated. “That’s the essential goal of giving widespread vaccination.”
The President speaking about herd immunity reveals that “he is fluent with the subject,” in line with Atlas. Not that “there’s some form of an overt technique of pushing an infection, letting it go widespread all through the inhabitants. That could be a full lie.”
“The truth is that the technique of the President is definitely fairly affordable and virtually everybody would suppose it is affordable in the event that they weren’t so politicized,” stated Atlas.
A few of Atlas’s feedback intently mirrored claims made by President Trump.
“We all know what is going on on right here… We’re doing a lot better. The case fatality fee is down in the USA by in all probability 90% at this level,” he stated. It’s not clear the place this assertion comes from — particularly for the reason that Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says it doesn’t have exact information on the full variety of infections within the US — one of many numbers that may be wanted to precisely calculate a fatality fee.
BBC Radio’s Newshour questioned Atlas about how the US ranks first globally when it comes to coronavirus circumstances and deaths. “You recognize what, that is a very incorrect evaluation of what is occurring,” Atlas stated.
“The one actually official technique to evaluate international locations, should you actually wish to get right down to it – it is one thing that the majority epidemiologists perceive – and that’s one thing referred to as extra mortality. And what meaning is evaluating deaths this yr, through the pandemic in comparison with your baseline,” he stated.
In response to Johns Hopkins College, the US has extra Covid-19 circumstances than every other nation — 6.2 million — and extra deaths — 187,000.
“Europe has executed 38% worse than the USA in extra mortality. Nobody talks about this,” Atlas stated.
In reality, it is a quantity Trump has talked about ceaselessly, with out explaining it. He talked about it Friday night in a information convention. Atlas didn’t clarify the place that determine come from, both.
When BBC introduced up Johns Hopkins College information that reveals the USA has the 4th highest variety of deaths per 100,000 individuals – a calculation meant to account for any nation’s complete inhabitants — Atlas stated it is “merely fallacious.”
“I am not making an attempt to run away from it, however that is not a legitimate comparability,” he stated. “Extra mortality is the way in which to check international locations. And that form of quantity that they are utilizing is solely fallacious. It is incorrect,” Atlas stated.
Atlas additionally complained about selections in lots of states to maintain colleges bodily closed, with distance studying insurance policies in place.
“There’s nothing that is extra of a slam dunk problem on that, than the faculties, as a result of the closing of colleges to our youngsters is a heinous abuse of public coverage,” he stated.
Atlas stated there may be “little or no proof that kids considerably, considerably, transmit to adults. There’s overwhelming proof that they don’t.”
He stated that that is proven from contact tracing research with genetic evaluation from Iceland and make contact with tracing research from the Netherlands and Switzerland. The newest got here from August 2 in Switzerland and decided the supply of circumstances within the nation.
“I do not perceive why the information retains being ignored or unknown, or simply merely as if it did not exist. That’s the science,” Atlas stated.
There’s, in actual fact, conflicting proof about whether or not kids transmit coronavirus to adults. Youngsters are much less possible than adults to have signs however various research have proven they carry virus and could possibly transmit it.
Atlas stated individuals have questioned whether or not he’s certified to advise about coronavirus when his experience is in neuroradiology.
“You recognize I’ve to chortle at that as a result of there’s a whole lot of issues I am not, however that is not why I used to be requested to be in right here,” Atlas stated.
Atlas stated “it is form of foolish” to suppose “there’s some form of motive that I might should be a virologist or an immunologist.”
“The rationale I am requested to be in right here is as a result of I’ve a 25-year historical past of being in educational drugs on the highest ranges, in the very best establishments in the USA,” he stated.
“In that position in my medical profession, I particularly was integrating a whole lot of data from different medical subspecialists, additionally on the highest ranges in these educational medical facilities – that is what individuals like me do,” he added.
“They arrive to me with all of their data, after which I assist them resolve – utilizing deductive reasoning and the remainder of the medical science that we have now – what is going on on with the affected person, what’s the administration technique right here,” Atlas informed BBC.
“I am a complete straight shooter,” he added. “I say what I say, interval. The details are the details.”