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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:36 PM

John King on US Covid-19 case trends map: 'That's a lot of bad'

Why are we already headed for a third wave? Because Trump managed to find someone with an MD who is willing to sign off on the federal government doing nothing. Republicans pick medical experts the way they pick judges. Find someone with a prestigious degree who is willing to be a yes man or woman to whatever racist, partisan talking point you want to push out.


Trump Covid adviser Scott Atlas pushes herd immunity

While Donald Trump is on the campaign trail, his administration’s coronavirus policy is increasingly being shaped by Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has been championing a new version of the controversial “herd immunity” strategy.

The US president appointed Dr Atlas to his coronavirus task force earlier this year, and his voice has become increasingly prominent in recent weeks as other members have been sidelined.

Scientists are concerned that Dr Atlas’s renewed backing of a herd immunity strategy that protects the most vulnerable while allowing the virus to run its course among the rest of the population could undermine efforts to control an incipient “winter wave”.

“Mostly, he has tried to suppress or alter information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has contributed to the loss of public confidence in the medical community,” said Barry Bloom, professor of public health at Harvard.

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