White House coronavirus Dr. Scott atlas urges governors to prioritize vulnerable populations

Dr. Scott Atlas, right, President Donald Trump’s new pandemic advisor, gestures as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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UPDATED 1:36 PM PT – Tuesday, September 1, 2020

According to Dr. Scott Atlas of the coronavirus task force, protecting vulnerable populations needs to be the number one priority in the fight against COVID-19. He made those remarks while meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.

Dr. Atlas said based on worldwide research, priorities should be protecting the vulnerable, preventing hospital overcrowding and opening society. He also noted prolonged lockdowns are extraordinarily harmful, which is something he has pointed out several times in the past few weeks.

The doctor also praised Gov. DeSantis for his approach to COVID-19, especially when it comes to reopening schools.

“We also have to always remember when you lockdown and quarantine people who are healthy but happened to be testing positive, you are creating enormous harms to them, to their family,” Dr. Atlas stated. “We are the only country of our peer nations in the Western world who are this hysterical about opening schools.”

His remarks came after Gov. DeSantis vowed to never lockdown Florida again. The Republican governor said it’s been proven ineffective in reducing the COVID-19 mortality rate.

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