In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Doctor Scott Atlas, who is now working with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, criticized the media for creating “a massive amount of fear, bordering on hysteria” about COVID-19.
“The reality is that there is certain data that is very controversial about masks, and I think the president said it correctly honestly when he said that in certain settings it’s reasonable to wear a mask when you cannot social distance, and particularly if you’re trying to protect … at proximity to a high-risk individual or you are a high-risk individual,” Atlas said. “And I think that’s a rational policy. I don’t want to make fun of people who say these other things, though.”
“And the reality is it’s stemming from a massive amount of fear, bordering on hysteria now, and this is a real problem because public policy is supposed to be taking into consideration, not just stopping COVID-19 at all costs, but understanding the impact of people on what you do and what you say,” Atlas continued. “And I think that’s been a failure in some of the people who’ve been speaking out on this.”
Atlas went on to explain that the goal of “the public policy is directly for stopping the deaths by protecting the high-risk people and preventing hospital overcrowding while you safely reopen society. The [goal of the] public policy is absolutely not just stop COVID-19 cases at all costs, no matter what. That is not appropriate policy.”
Atlas also said that the media “has really highlighted and sensationalized things way out of proportion. And I’m not sure if it’s just a sign of the times … living in this hyperbole of social media or if there’s other motivations. But really it’s up to people who are legitimate, credible medical scientists to step up and articulate the logic and common sense policy because you can’t just say it’s all about the science and then say things that are contrary to the science.”