Redfield voices alarm over influence of Trump’s new coronavirus task force adviser

CDC Director Robert Redfield took aim at Covid-19 task force member Scott Atlas, telling colleague in an overheard call that “everything he says is false.”

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has grown increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump, pushed by a new member of his coronavirus task force, is sharing incorrect information about the pandemic with the public.

Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.

“Everything he says is false,” Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News.

Redfield acknowledged after the flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., that he was speaking about Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no background in infectious diseases or public health. Atlas was brought on to the White House task force in August.

Redfield testified before Congress this month that he suspects that a face covering could protect him from Covid-19 better than any future vaccine. Most public health officials share the view that masks are essential to stop the spread of the virus. Still, Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on how useful wearing them may be.

“If every one of us did it, this pandemic would be over in eight to 12 weeks,” Redfield said before offering a stark warning that contradicted the president’s assertion that the country is “rounding the corner” on the pandemic.

“We’re nowhere near the end,” Redfield said.

Before he joined the task force, Atlas was a frequent guest on Fox News, where he pushed to reopen the country and espoused views that more closely align with Trump’s opinions during the health crisis. Since his addition to the task force, Atlas has become the medical expert who spends the most time with the president, and his profile has been elevated in recent weeks by his appearing in the White House briefing room when Trump speaks with reporters.

Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who attended near-daily briefings with the president alongside Redfield in the spring, have, at times, voiced their disagreements with Atlas as the number of coronavirus cases has surged, climbing by 22 percent in the last two weeks, according to data reviewed by NBC News. Two dozen states reported higher numbers than during the previous seven-day period. More than 204,000 people have died of the virus in the United States, with 7 million infected so far.

There is a concern among Redfield and others that Atlas continually briefs the president and misrepresents what other health experts have said in sworn testimony, according to a member of the task force.

There is more at the link above.   Look it is clear that this Dr. Atlas is a radiologist, so is way out of his field.   He clearly has far more concern with his profit in his stock portfolio than the health of the people.   Herd immunity means it is cheaper to let a portion of the herd die than to proactively take steps to protect the entire herd.   The death is an accept financial cost.    We humans are the herd.    In the US population that would be millions of people.   These people worry more about their profit than our lives.    Hugs

3 thoughts on “Redfield voices alarm over influence of Trump’s new coronavirus task force adviser

  1. This constant back-and-forth related to the virus is, literally, killing people.

    In our county, we went MONTHS with no more than one, maybe two, new cases. No one was hospitalized. In the last few weeks, not only are the numbers increasing, but the hospitalization rates have also jumped. We’re still well below many, many other places but that isn’t the point. The point is that the non-mask-wearers and others who pooh-pooh the virus are taking their cues from the leader (???) of this nation and his self-appointed medical lackeys and, regrettably, we’re ALL feeling the after-effects.

    And to think we have flu season waiting in the wings … 😟

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    1. Hello Nan. Here in Florida DeSantis has taken all Covid restrictions down. It is as if they want people to forget that world wide over 1 million people have died. I do not understand DeSantis, he is not stupid, not highly religious that I know, and has a couple years until he runs again, so why this push to disregard science and known medical fact and kill people? tRump is stupid, and his gain he thinks is the stock market gets a bit better, his reelection will look better. But DeSantis … does tRump have a hold on him? And why are people so numb to the death total. We know now that the CDC / HHS are not releasing the real full numbers anymore. But there seems little out cry, and no independent investigations. Hugs


      1. There’s an old saying, Scottie — Ignore it and it will go away. It seems many of our government leaders live by this creed.

        As we’ve discussed before, $$$$$ is the motivating factor in nearly every decision made by politicians. DeSantis and others like him no doubt dislike the fact their state coffers are suffering which, in turn, will eventually affect their income. And then — Good Grief! — they might not be able to buy that new Mercedes!

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