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Stanford University appears to be distancing itself from Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior member of the Trump administration’s Coronavirus Task Force, after his statements that Michigan residents should “rise up” against the state’s new coronavirus restrictions.
Stanford University officials said in a statement that Atlas’ position was his alone, and that his comments “conflict with the university’s approach to responding to the pandemic.”
The university said, “Stanford’s position on managing the epidemic in our society is clear. We support the use of masks, social distancing and the conduct of surveillance and diagnostic tests.” In the Monday statement.
“We also believe in the importance of carefully following local and state health authorities’ guidelines.”
Atlas is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think-tank based at the university. He is currently on leave and is an advisor to President Trump.
Atlas was a professor and chair of the department of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 to 2012, according to A. University biography.
It does not specialize in treating infectious diseases.
Atlas came under fire because of A. Sunday tweet Referring to Michigan’s new restrictions, he said, “The only way to stop this is for people to turn up. You get what you accept.” He also added the hashtags “FreedomMatters” and “StepUp”.
atlas He later tweeted: “I will not support or incite violence. Never !!”
Michigan State Gretchen Whitmer, a first-term Democrat, said Atlas’ response to the next termThree weeks pauseThat seeks to limit some internal activities.
These restrictions are set at Effective on Wednesday, Including the temporary suspension of in-person classes at college and state high schools. They will also shut down internal service in bars and restaurants.
It looks like the ring has it Renewed tensions Between the Trump administration and Whitmer, which the FBI said was The target of the kidnapping plot By men linked to far-right militia earlier this year.
This is not the first time that Atlas’ comments have clashed with those of Stanford.
A group of around 100 infectious disease doctors, immunologists, and health policy experts I signed a letter in September Calling for “attention to the scientific lies and misrepresentations recently sponsored by Dr. Scott Atlas.”
The letter said many of his comments and statements “run counter to the established science, and by doing so, they undermine public health policy.” In response, Atlas The threat responded To sue colleagues.