As the United States passed six million cases, Donald Trump’s new pandemic adviser who disagrees with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on the need for mask mandates, is touring Florida today with Ron DeSantis. Notably, Dr. Scott Atlas is a neuroradiologist who does not have a background in infection diseases or epidemiology.
This morning during a roundtable on school reopening, Dr. Atlas said that widespread testing of asymptomatic people, especially at colleges, was unnecessary and downplayed the risk COVID-19 poses to children. This advice is in direct opposition to what Dr. Deborah Birx has advocated for, which is to do entrance and surge testing at universities.
Furthermore, the new CDC guidelines cited by Dr. Atlas on testing have been widely criticized by medical experts, including Dr. Fauci who said he was “concerned” and was in the hospital — not involved in these discussions — when these changes were made.
“The last thing Floridians need is another premature victory lap from Donald Trump’s lackeys. We know how it ended last time: coronavirus cases exploded, thousands of people died, and more workers lost their jobs,” said FDP spokesperson Frances Swanson, “Infectious disease experts have been crystal clear for months that widespread testing is the key to controlling the pandemic. Donald Trump has also been crystal clear that he believes more testing makes him look bad and he wants it to ‘slow down.’ While DeSantis goes on tour with a Trump advisor who lacks infectious disease expertise, Floridians are in urgent need of a leader who will actually get the coronavirus pandemic under control.”
Testing is widely accepted to be the key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic
Trump’s rush to reopen schools regardless of whether it’s safe has led to massive outbreaks amongst kids and college students.