Stanford's John Ioannidis Tried To Warn Trump Against Coronavirus Lockdowns - 2020-07-24
Stanford University scientist John Ioannidis has declared in study after study that the coronavirus is not that big of a threat, emboldening opponents of economic shutdowns — and infuriating critics who see fundamental errors in his work.
But even before the epidemiologist had any of that data in hand, he and an elite group of scientists tried to convince President Donald Trump that locking down the country would be the real danger.
In late March, as COVID-19 cases overran hospitals overseas, Ioannidis tried to organize a meeting at the White House where he and a small band of colleagues would caution the president against "shutting down the country for [a] very long time and jeopardizing so many lives in doing this," according to a statement Ioannidis submitted on the group's behalf. Their goal, the statement said, was "to both save more lives and avoid serious damage to the US economy using the most reliable data."