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Who Is Dr. Scott Atlas? Trump’s New Covid Health Adviser Seen As Counter To Fauci And Birx – Forbes

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After months of butting heads with his medical experts, including the government’s top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Trump introduced a new adviser to the administration during his coronavirus briefing on Monday, Dr. Scott Atlas, whose views on Covid-19 and school reopenings more closely match the president’s.

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A senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, Atlas is not an infectious disease expert — he’s board-certified in diagnostic radiology, which means he specializes in reading and interpreting imaging like X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, and he served as a professor and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 to 2012.

Described on his Stanford bio as someone who “investigates the impact of government and the private sector” on healthcare and medical technology and innovation, Atlas joined Mitt Romney’s campaign for president in 2012 as a healthcare adviser. He had criticized Romney in 2007 over his healthcare plan while supporting New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s bid for president.

Atlas has recently appeared as a guest on Trump’s preferred news channel, Fox, calling on school districts and colleges to open their doors for in-person instruction and railing against the “frenzy” around mass testing.

During a Fox News appearance on Aug. 3 discussing college reopenings, Atlas echoed an argument often made by Trump that children “have no risk for serious illness” and “they’re not significant spreaders,” adding, “There should never be and there is no goal to stop college students from getting an infection they have no problem with.”

While researchers are still studying the effects of the virus on children, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics in July found children carry as much or more of the infection in their noses and throats compared to adults, while a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contact tracing study found young people between ages 10 and 19 years old are more likely to spread the coronavirus in households, where other family members may be more susceptible to severe symptoms.

Calling the debate around reopening schools “irrational,” Atlas said during his Fox appearance that “people are kidding themselves” if they believe testing is valuable and seemed to criticize the practice of quarantining asymptomatic carriers of the virus if they test positive, though studies have shown the virus can be spread by people not exhibiting symptoms.

Also like Trump, Atlas has endorsed the return of college football programs, despite the risk of serious illness and long-term effects, like, for example, Indiana University freshman football player Brad Feeney, whose mother shared that her otherwise healthy son ended up in the ER and is experiencing heart issues due to Covid-19 that he contracted after arriving early at the school for team workouts.

Crucial Quote

“Scott is a very famous man who’s also very highly respected,” Trump said on Monday. “He’s working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus. And he has many great ideas.”

Key Background

Trump brought in Atlas as an adviser after repeatedly contradicting the advice of the lead healthcare experts on the administration’s coronavirus task force. The administration has particularly taken aim at Fauci. In late July, Trump called him “a little bit of an alarmist,” to which Fauci said, “I consider myself more of a realist.” Fauci for his part has endorsed in-person instruction if a county has the virus under control and puts in place safety measures. Dr. Deborah Birx, also part of the coronavirus task force, has been largely spared Trump’s ire, but on August 3, Trump tweeted criticism of her characterization of the pandemic being “extraordinarily widespread” in the U.S. “So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics,” Trump tweeted. “In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”

Tangent

Data shows younger people experience less severe symptoms of the coronavirus compared to older individuals and those with comorbidities. However, much is still unknown about the long-term effects of the virus. A July survey by the CDC found that 35% of those interviewed had not returned to normal health two-to-three weeks after testing positive for Covid-19, and among people aged 18-to-34 with no chronic medical conditions, one in five hadn’t returned to their usual state of health. Additionally, while the risk is lower, young people can still die to Covid-19. On Tuesday, Florida reported that more residents ages 25-to-44 died in July than in the previous four months, and there were more fatalities for people under 65 than those over 90.

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Sen. Tim Scott says he’s not sure there will ever be a law establishing a use of force standard – CNN

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Tim Scott said Sunday that he’s “not sure we’re going to ever codify in law a use of force standard,” as Congress works to tackle police reform legislation.

“I think it’s really difficult to establish a codified in law standard for use of force,” Scott, who represents South Carolina, said on NBC when asked if one should be established. “There are millions of scenarios that play out. It’s one of the reasons why what we have tried to achieve through the legislation is finding the best practices of use of force around the country and then provide that clarity and guidance for those departments who may need to have a better perspective on use of force.”
“So we’re getting at it, but I’m not sure we’re going to ever codify in law a use of force standard,” he added.
The comments come amid congressional efforts to pass police reform legislation following recent police killings of African Americans that have gained national attention and prompted widespread protests. Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, unveiled last week a 10-point reform proposal that included a nationalized database chronicling police misuse of force incidents as well as broader incentives to help local and state police forces implement bias and intervention trainings.
Speaking on the issue of qualified immunity, a legal doctrine activists say shields law enforcement from accountability, Scott said it’s something “that most Republicans don’t like at all, to include myself.”
“The question is, is there a path forward that we take a look at the necessity of eliminating bad behavior within our law enforcement community? Is there a path forward? I think we’ll find that. I’m not sure that it’s qualified immunity, it seems like it won’t be de-certification,” he said.
Scott also said in a Sunday interview with CBS that qualified immunity is a “poison pill to our side” and noted that President Donald Trump has signaled it’s “off the table.”
In regard to ending no-knock warrants, Scott expressed hesitancy due to lack of a database on the warrants. He called the recent shooting death of Breonna Taylor by police in Kentucky “tragic without question,” but said he wants to use the case to “have an act that requires more data to be provided so that we can actually come out with policies that are consistent with the best use of no-knocks or elimination of no-knocks.”
Asked last week about a timeline for a Republican-backed police reform bill, Scott said he’s an “optimist” and thinks they can get something done very soon because “time is of the essence.”
Democrats, meanwhile, introduced sweeping legislation last week aimed at cracking down on police brutality and recording patterns of misuse of force across the country. The legislation includes a ban on chokeholds, as well as the creation of a National Police Misconduct Registry “to prevent problem officers from changing jurisdictions to avoid accountability,” according to a summary document obtained by CNN.

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Scott Disick and Sofia Richie break up after nearly 3 years together – Page Six

May 27, 2020 | 2:07pm

It’s over for Scott Disick and Sofia Richie.

A source confirms to Page Six that the stars have broken up, saying the relationship “ran its course” but that other issues, including Disick’s “past traumas” that led him to rehab, contributed to the split.

“Scott had gone back to his old ways,” the source said, “and Sofia got fed up.”

Disick, 37, and Richie, 21, had been quarantining separately, which also took a toll on their romance.

Our source added that Disick’s relationship with ex Kourtney Kardashian — the mother of Disick’s three kids — weighed on Richie.

“Kourtney didn’t make it easy for her,” the source claimed, “and you can only tolerate that kind of treatment for so long.”

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The model and the Talentless apparel founder began dating in 2017. They split in 2018 after Disick had allegedly cheated on her, but they got back together.

Disick spent Memorial Day weekend celebrating his birthday with Kardashian and their children in Utah. It appeared to be his first major outing since he checked into — and then out of — rehab, where he was seeking help coping with the deaths of his parents.

Reps for Disick and Richie didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

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