Stanford Med Faculty Rips Trump's New Favorite COVID Doc: Peddling 'Falsehoods' - 2020-09-10
A group of 78 researchers and doctors from Stanford Medical School issued a letter on Wednesday that rebuked Dr. Scott Atlas, who President Trump appointed to the White House coronavirus task force last month, for peddling "falsehoods and misrepresentations of science."
Atlas —a neuroradiologist who is not an epidemiologist and has no significant experience with treating infectious diseases — was a regular fixture on Fox News prior to joining the White House coronavirus task force last month. Atlas often bolstered Trump's public downplaying of COVID-19 by dismissing the need to wear masks to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, advocating for in-person instruction to resume at schools amid surging COVID-19 cases nationwide and asserting that it was "very important" that herd immunity develop even before a vaccine was ready.
In a "Dear Colleagues" letter issued on Wednesday, the Stanford experts wrote that they have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to dispute Atlas' unfounded claims on COVID-19, which they described as "opinions and statements (that) run counter to established science" and "undermine public health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy."