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The former Stanford University Medical Center chief of neuroradiology insists that medical experts presumably such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and their political allies got it all wrong by imposing an economy-killing and potentially person-killing lockdown on America amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr. Scott Atlas, currently a senior fellow at Hoover Institution where he specializes in healthcare policy, articulated several important facts that have been lost in the COVID-19 overreach — which has been aided and abetted by a fear-mongering media — in an appearance with Jesse Waters on FNC’s Watters World.
Dr. Atlas seemed to suggest that the actual public health emergency is one brought about by flawed and evidence-free government policies.
“The first fact is that the data shows that the fatality rate is far less, probably 1/10 or even lower than what was originally estimated. And that data comes from all over the world and all over the United States, and in fact, there’s something even more striking about it, the fatality rate is very very low, extremely low…In fact, the reality is, and you get shamed for saying it, for people under 60, the fatality rate is less than or equal to the common flu.
Dr. Atlas asserted that the one-size-fits-all public health approach never made sense because authorities were well aware of the primarily at-risk population, such as those with severe pre-existing conditions, and the elderly and infirm in nursing homes, rather than the public at large.
“The second fact really is that we know who to protect. And this is really critical because this is a serious illness, and it is very dangerous for certain people, older people, particularly those with chronic diseases, like specifically diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure, and other immunocompromised people…That’s something that every medical student in the country would have known from day one because that’s the same group that gets a really bad illness from other viral respiratory infections…This is really inexcusable lack of common sense in basic public policy.”
At the moment, power-drunk, anti-Trump blue state governors are primarily the ones who are imposing the most draconian restrictions on personal behavior and commerce through extended lockdowns that have caused unemployment to skyrocket with its associated social instability.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 17, 2020
The doctor went on to say that shelter-at-home edicts are self-defeating in that they prevent the population from developing herd immunity to the coronavirus.
“[b]y isolating every single person and avoiding all human contact, you have literally prevented the best mechanism to establish population immunity because when we get infected with the virus like this, we generate antibodies, and those antibodies are protective.
“What happens when low-risk groups which 99% of people, by the way, have no significant problem when infected, 99%, including 50% with no symptoms whatsoever, when you get immunity and low-risk groups infect each other, there’s a blockage of sort of the pathways to the vulnerable. This is called herd immunity…If you don’t believe in herd immunity, by the way, then you would never believe in any vaccine because vaccinations are given with that specific reason, to establish antibodies in people and establish population immunity.
Dr. Atlas warned that people could die not from the coronavirus but because healthcare authorities have put non-COVID treatment and necessary but elective surgery on hold.
“The policy itself is killing people. The policy of lockdown and total isolation has impaired and stopped most medical care. 150,000 new cases of cancer every month in the U.S. Occur and are not making those diagnoses. Two-thirds of people who have a cancer screening test aren’t getting it. Half of people on chemotherapy aren’t going in. Acute heart attacks and strokes are not calling for emergency help, and they are dying… two-thirds of childhood immunizations are being skipped. We are creating a massive catastrophe in healthcare and killing people by this very policy.
(Source: Fox News)
The doctor concluded that with the appropriate isolation measures, America should reopen for business, which is currently happening in mostly red states.
“That’s exactly what to do now, is we strictly isolate and protect the people in the nursing homes with required testing. We do some prioritized testing that is necessary to make sure that hospitals don’t continue infections. And we tell mildly ill people to isolate, and we open schools. We open businesses and offices and restaurants, with the necessary hygiene and sanitization standards and warnings in place, but society must function. The cure here is worse than the original disease at this point.”
On the same broadcast, Watters warned governors around the country to start easing the indefinite lockdowns because Americans have reached a “boiling point” with quarantine edicts. At the same time, many of these governors are setting free prisoners from jails while forcing law-abiding citizens into house arrest.
Last week, FNC’s Tucker Carlson referred to Dr. Fauci as “a stone-cold genius who you’re not allowed to question” and “the chief buffoon of the professional class.”
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