While the liberal media are doing all they can to try to discredit Dr. Scott Atlas, M.D., a special adviser to President Donald Trump and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, he has released five simple facts about COVID-19 to lucidly explain "what the science tells us about this virus."
As Dr. Atlas explained in an email:
1. Children and Young Adults Are at Extremely Low Risk for Serious Illness or Death from COVID-19.
"The CDC says those under 19 have a 99.997% chance of survival. For those 18 to 29, the risk is 10 times less than for people 40 to 49, 30 times less than for those 50 to 64, 90 times less than for those 65 to 74, 220 times less than for those 75 to 84 and 630 times less than for those 85 and older.
"John Ioannidis, renowned Stanford University epidemiologist, recently summed up what the entire world’s data and science consistently demonstrate: the risk for children and young adults dying from Covid-19 is 'almost zero.'
"JAMA Pediatrics study of 46 North American pediatric hospitals flatly stated, 'Our data indicate that children are at far greater risk of critical illness from influenza than from COVID-19.' CDC reports that hospitalization rates for those 18 to 29 are very small compared to older age groups: one-fourth rates of people 50 to 64, one-fifth of those 65 to 74, one-eighth of those 75 to 84, and one-thirteenth of those 85 and older.
2. Lockdowns Are Extremely Hurtful.
"The CDC has emphatically recommended that schools should open in-person, because of the severe harms to children otherwise. During the June lockdown, serious thoughts of suicide were entertained by 25 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 in the previous 30 days. There is massive harm especially to the poor from lockdowns.
"During the first two months of the lockdown, emergency stroke evaluations were down 40 percent. Of the 650,000 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in the United States, an estimated half were missing their treatments. Of the 150,000 new cancer cases typically discovered each month in the U.S., most – as elsewhere in the world – are not being diagnosed, and two-thirds to three-fourths of routine cancer screenings are not happening because of shutdown policies and fear among the population.
"Nearly 85 percent fewer living-donor transplants were occurring, compared to the same period last year. In addition, more than half of childhood vaccinations were not being performed, setting up the potential of a massive future health disaster. These harms have been noted since April.
3. Children Do Not Frequently Spread This Virus to Adults.
"As is shown in studies across the world, including Switzerland, Canada, England, the Netherlands, France, Iceland, the UK, Australia, Ireland, Finland and Sweden, children seldom transmit the disease to adults, even to their parents. There is little reason to test asymptomatic children.
4. Immunity to this Virus is Not Only Due to Detected Antibodies.
"Multiple studies show T-cell protection, including one from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and as noted by this comment from the Director of the NIH, Francis Collins: '... in fact, immune cells known as memory T cells also play an important role in the ability of our immune systems to protect us against many viral infections, including—it now appears—COVID-19.'
5. The Appropriate Strategy is to Diligently Protect the Vulnerable and Open Society to End the Lockdown.
"This is the strategy advocated by many of the world's top medical scientists, for example: Kulldorff and Yih, Harvard Medical School; Gupta, University of Oxford; Bhattachrya, Stanford University, Program of Medical Outcomes."
Dr. Atlas further said, "All of my policy recommendations are directly backed by the science, and they are in line with what many of the world's top infectious disease scientists advise, including Jay Bhattacharya and John Ioannidis of Stanford University Medical Center; Martin Kulldorff and Katherine Yih of Harvard Medical School; and Sunetra Gupta and Carl Heneghan of Oxford University."