Remarks: Scott W. Atlas is a physician and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. White House coronavirus task force member blasts hype over widely used drug; drug hydroxychloroquine has gotten a bad rap thanks to politics, media hype and some “garbage” medical research, “Hydroxychloroquine is super safe. It’s a complete myth, it’s a total distortion, to say that, ‘oh, my God, this drug is very dangerous for people,’” FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/08/31/2020-aug-29-hydroxychloroquine-very-safe-says-dr-scott-atlas-blasts-garbage-medical-studies/
White House coronavirus task force member blasts hype over widely used drug
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado | The drug hydroxychloroquine has gotten a bad rap thanks to politics, media hype and some “garbage” medical research, according to Dr. Scott Atlas, who joined the White House coronavirus task force earlier this month.
“What’s happened with hydroxychloroquine is that the system has gone mad,” Dr. Atlas said Friday at the Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference. “I sort of make the analogy that we all know objective journalism is basically dead in this country, I’m very cynical about that, and now what we’re seeing is that objective science is nearly dead.”
Dr. Atlas, a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California, emphasized that the drug has not been proven as a treatment for the novel coronavirus — “I’m not going to say it’s proven to work because it’s not” — but he challenged those who have accused President Trump of pushing snake oil.
“Hydroxychloroquine is super safe. It’s a complete myth, it’s a total distortion, to say that, ‘oh, my God, this drug is very dangerous for people,’” Dr. Atlas said. “It’s been used for 65 or 70 years, not just prophylactically for malaria, which I used it myself for that many years ago, but also used for people with things like rheumatic arthritis, auto-immune-type diseases. Very safe drug.”
The FDA issued and then withdrew an emergency-use authorization for using the drug for COVID-19, saying that it showed “no benefit” for hospitalized patients, and recommending its use only in clinical trials and in hospitals, and citing the risk of “serious heart rhythm” problems when used with azithromycin.
Research showing hydroxychloroquine does nothing to help severely ill patients misses the point, said Dr. Atlas, a former Stanford University Medical Center professor and physician, who serves as special adviser to the president.
“There’s no surprise there,” said Dr. Atlas, who spoke at the conference via Zoom. “The drug was never thought really by most people to be effective in that kind of patient; the drug is more likely to be effective early on, or even preventing the infection, like it’s used in malaria.”
Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 AUG 29 | Author: Valerie Richardson | Article Title: Hydroxychloroquine 'very safe,' says Dr. Scott Atlas; blasts 'garbage' medical studies | Article Link: washingtontimes.com
ARTICLE TITLE: Atlas adds a critical missing element to coronavirus task force
Article Link: thehill.com
Author: Dr. Marc Siegel
Date Published: 2020 AUG 23 10:00 AM EDT
LEAD IN: “However, the disease is extremely dangerous for those over 70 and particularly with certain comorbidities or underlying conditions,” said Dr. Atlas. “We know the virus will not be eliminated by a lockdown or by isolating healthy people, and the harms from continuing those lockdowns are enormous.”
ARTICLE TITLE: The COVID-19 shutdown will cost Americans millions of years of life
Article Link: thehill.com
Author: Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L Keeney and Alexander Lipton
Date Published: 2020 MAY 25 08:00 AM EDT
ARTICLE TITLE: The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings
Article Link: youtu.be
Author: Dr. Scott Atlas is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Date Published:2020 JUN 23
LEAD IN: Dr. Scott Atlas is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, an accomplished physician, and a scholar of public health. He is not a COVID-19 denier—he believes the virus is a real threat and should be managed as such. But, as Dr. Atlas argues, there are some age groups and activities that are subject to very low risk. The one-size-fits-all approach we are currently using is overly authoritarian, inefficient, and not based in science. Dr. Atlas’s prescription includes more protection for people in nursing homes, two weeks of strict self-isolation for those with mild symptoms, and most importantly, the opening of all K–12 schools. Dr. Atlas is also adamant that an economic shutdown, and all of the attendant issues that go along with it, is a terrible solution—the cure is worse than the disease.
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