The former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center advocates a different approach to fighting the C-19 coronavirus by protecting the higher-risk populations and allowing the virus to burn through people to whom it poses little or no risk.
“I think there is a huge disconnect here in what the goal of public policy is,” Dr. Scott Atlas said in a TV interview this week.
During a conversation about protective measures for college students, Dr. Atlas said: “The goal of stopping COVID-19 cases is not the appropriate goal. The goal is simply twofold, to protect the people who are going to have a serious problem or die, that’s the high-risk population, and to stop hospital overcrowding. There should never be and there is no goal to stop college students from getting an infection they have no problem with.”
“99.8% of deaths are in people over 24,” explaining that high-risk college students and professors can be protected through social distancing accommodations.
“They can do things if they are still afraid from a distance but you do not lock down healthy people. It is irrational, really.”
Dr. Atlas argued against “creating a frenzy for tests” among college students when the purpose of testing should be “to protect the high-risk group from getting infected.”
Asked about asymptomatic spread to the vulnerable from students, he said that devoting resources strategically is “the way to protect them,” noting that mass testing “destroys the ability to get critical information on the tests from the people who are at high risk.”
“We need to keep them safe,” Dr. Atlas said. “When we have testing delays because we are doing a million tests every day, it’s getting to be crazy already. We need to be able to get the results from the high-risk tests. No one else.”
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