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Left Horrified That Dr. Atlas May Actually Be Right

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Dr. Scott Atlas looks on during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Sept. 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Monday, 19 October 2020 10:02 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The Washington Post appeared to mock the notion of personal responsibility Sunday as a means to combat the coronavirus pandemic, favoring instead draconian lockdowns of schools and businesses and widespread mask mandates.

The Post complained that Republican governors "preach the mantra of 'personal responsibility,' insisting that government interventions such as mask mandates or business restrictions are either unnecessary or harmful, and that people should be trusted to make their own decisions about how to keep themselves — and each other — healthy."

Without surprise, the publication contacted experts that disagreed with this concept — those that favored strict government controls. One of its experts was David Aronoff, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

"This really demands a coordinated, orchestrated, higher-level response than just saying to an individual person, 'Here’s what you might want to try,'" Aronoff said.

Yeah, because individuals are incapable of rational decision-making, and require the heavy hand of politicians to step in, or something.

"We the government."

Twitter took sterner measures.

Dr. Scott Atlas tweeted findings by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that concluding that universal mask mandates and strict lockdowns are counterproductive.

"Masks work?" he asked. "No: LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Philippines, UK, Spain, Israel. WHO: 'Widespread use not supported' + many harms, 'despite decades, considerable uncertainty re value'; CDC rvw May: 'No sig red'n in infinz transm'n'; learn why." He included the link to an article.

Atlas then described what was actually needed — "common sense" — you know, that "personal responsibility" thing.

He tweeted in a follow-up, "That means the right policy is @realDonaldTrump guideline: use masks for their intended purpose — when close to others, especially hi risk. Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates. #CommonSense."

Dr. Michael Mina, another physician, took offense and demanded that Twitter remove Atlas' tweet. In doing so, Mina also demonstrated that if there’s one fact that’s common among doctors and scientists, it’s that differences of opinion exist.

"PLEASE REMOVE THIS @TwitterSafety," Mina tweeted.

"This is dangerous misinformation from a primary advisor to the president on the COVID response. This needs to be taken down immediately. It is simply false."

Twitter obliged and deleted the first tweet, the one that linked to an article published Friday by the American Institute of Economic Research, claiming "it violated the Twitter rules."

Dr. Atlas is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an adviser to the White House coronavirus team. And Twitter deleted it as being dangerous without offering Atlas a chance to defend his statement.

Despite The Washington Post’s fears and Twitter’s censoring, last week the World Health Organization’s Dr. David Navarro warned against strict, widespread lockdowns.

"We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus," Nabarro said.

"The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it."

Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have gone back and forth on universal mask mandates. But through it all they both agree that prolonged mask use is harmful to the wearer.

Sweden refused to lock down its economy in response to the pandemic.

Initially, coronavirus cases spiked and it appeared theirs was a bad approach. Now all of Europe has been hit with a second wave of COVID outbreaks — except for Sweden.

The point is, the science isn’t yet settled, and it never will be if media outlets — including social media — continue to shut down the conversation.

So the question comes down to what’s the real fear prompting the silencing of Dr. Atlas and mocking GOP governors? Is it the fear that people may die? Or, is it the fear that Atlas and the open-state governors may be right and their critics wrong?

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports More Here.

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So the question comes down to what’s the real fear prompting the silencing of Dr. Atlas and mocking GOP governors? Is it the fear that Atlas and the open-state governors may be right and their critics wrong?
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