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Dr. Scott Atlas: We Are Creating Massive Critical Health Crisis With "COVID-19 At All Costs" Policy

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Hoover Institution Fellow Dr. Scott Atlas explained how we can obtain "population immunity" and how a total lockdown prevents antibodies from being spread which would be helpful to those vulnerable to the coronavirus. In an interview Monday with Tucker Carlson, Atlas also spoke about how the fear has made cancer patients withgo chemotherapy treatments, affected brain surgery cases and critical care for heart attack victims.

"Not only people that have died and are dying, but we are creating a massive problem by not opening up health care with this single-minded policy of COVID-19 at all costs," Atlas said.

"Over 20% of people in Manhattan were discovered to have antibodies. That's a good number, and would have been higher if we had more social mingling, but we know that young people, young healthier people, I don't see the logic in keeping them isolated," he said.

TUCKER CARLSON: So the idea that the nation needs to be frozen in place until a vaccine is developed -- assess that recommendation.

DR. SCOTT ATLAS: I think it is not just counterproductive as I just mentioned, it's actually harmful. It's harmful because we know as you alluded to massive health care is critical has been avoided. About half of people with cancer who get chemotherapy have skipped their treatments. Roughly 80% of the brain surgery cases have been canceled...

We are talking about people who have not only skipped critical care for acute stroke and acute heart attack, but in addition all the biopsies for unsuspected and now undiscovered tumors have not occurred. We are talking thousands per week of those. What is more so even ironic is that people are skipping their children's vaccines. Not only people that have died and are dying, but we are creating a massive problem by not opening up health care with this single-minded policy of COVID-19 at all costs.

The second part of it is we know how to protect the vulnerable here. It's not so simple, but we know who the vulnerable population is. We know that as we go, and let people mingle, like the epicenter in New York which is -- this goes back to what you said. Over 20% of people in Manhattan were discovered to have antibodies. That's a good number, and would have been higher if we had more social mingling, but we know that young people, young healthier people, I don't see the logic in keeping them isolated. There a virile to keep the transmission going to other lower-risk groups and have population immunity.




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