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A Plague Upon Our House

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A Plague Upon Our House this book includes shocking evaluations of the Task Force members’ limited knowledge and grasp of the science of COVID and details heated discussions with Task Force members, including all of the most controversial episodes that dominated headlines for weeks.

Dr. Atlas tells the truth about the science and documents the media’s relentless campaign to suffocate it, which included canceled interviews, journalists’ off-camera hostility in White House briefings, and intentional distortion of facts. He also provides an inside account of the delays and timelines involving vaccines and other treatments, evaluates the impact of the lockdowns on American public health, and indicts the relentless war on truth waged by Big Businesses and Big Tech.

No other book contains these revelations. Millions of people who trust Dr. Atlas will want to read this dramatic account of what really went on behind the scenes in the White House during the greatest public health crisis of the 21st century.

What really happened behind the scenes at the Trump White House during the COVID pandemic?

When Dr. Scott W. Atlas was tapped by Donald Trump to join his COVID Task Force, he was immediately thrust into a maelstrom of scientific disputes, policy debates, raging egos, politically motivated lies, and cynical media manipulation. Numerous myths and distortions surround the Trump Administration’s handling of the crisis, and many pressing questions remain unanswered.

Did the Trump team really bungle the response to the pandemic? Were the right decisions made about travel restrictions, lockdowns, and mask mandates? Are Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx are competent medical experts or timeserving bureaucrats? Did half a million people really die unnecessarily because of Trump’s incompetence?

So far no trusted figure has emerged who can tell the story straight—until now. In this unfiltered insider account, Dr. Scott Atlas brings us directly into the White House, describes the key players in the crisis, and assigns credit and blame where it is deserved.

About the Author

Scott W. Atlas, M.D. is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow in health care policy at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Dr. Atlas investigates the impact of government and the private sector on health care access, quality, and pricing, global trends in innovation, and key economic issues related to technology-based medical advances. He is a frequent policy advisor to policymakers and government officials in the United States and in other countries.

He has served as Senior Advisor for Health Care to several numerous candidates for President, as well as having counseled members of the US Congress on health care, testified before Congress, and briefed directors of key federal agencies. From July to December 2020, he served the nation as a Special Advisor to the President and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Before his full-time appointment in 2011 at Hoover Institution, he was Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center for 14 years. Dr. Atlas is the author of numerous books, most recently “A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America” (Post Hill Press).

His previous books include “Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost” (Hoover Press), “In Excellent Health: Setting the Record Straight On America’s Health Care” (Hoover Press), “Reforming America’s Health Care System” (Hoover Press), and “Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions” (Hoover Press). He is also the editor of “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine” – the leading textbook in the field that has been translated into several languages, now in its 5th edition.

Dr. Atlas has received numerous awards and accolades from leading institutions and societies all over the world in recognition of his leadership in policy and medicine. He was awarded the 2021 Freedom Leadership Award, Hillsdale College’s highest honor, “in recognition of his dedication to individual freedom and the free society.”

He also received the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award, the highest career achievement honor for a distinguished alumnus from the University of Illinois in Urbana‐Champaign. He has been an ad hoc member of the Nominating Committee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for several years. He was named by his peers in The Best Doctors in America every year since its initial publication, as well as in regional listings, such as Best Doctors in New York and Silicon Valley's Best Doctors. In the private sector, Atlas is a frequent advisor to entrepreneurs and companies in life sciences and medical technology. He received his MD degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

A Plague Upon Our House Introduction

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A Broken Trust

No book about the SARS2 coronavirus pandemic can be written without first stating that it has been a great tragedy. Around the world, at the time of this writing, four million deaths have been tallied. More than 600,000 American deaths have been attributed directly to the virus. We realize the blessing that this virus generally spared the young and healthy. We also recognize that the death toll is inaccurate.

None of that matters to those who lost loved ones. Countless lives will also have been lost due to the missteps of those we entrusted with working for the public good. Directly from the lockdowns, missed medical care; school closures; massive economic strains; incalculable psychological damage, especially to young people; and a worldwide humanitarian crisis will burden us for decades. While inflicting enormous harm, the lockdowns also failed to protect the vulnerable.

As I finish this book, I am hopeful that we are seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel. Deaths are not likely to rise dramatically when cases sharply increase, a different pattern than in the initial waves. That “decoupling” between cases and deaths would be to a great extent due to the successful vaccination of those at risk to die. Unfortunately, it is unlikely the recurring hysteria and mismanagement by those in power will end so quickly.

After more than eighteen months of experience, there remains an almost bizarre lack of understanding that the virus will not simply disappear. Instead, on its way to becoming endemic, cases will continue to peak and ebb periodically, as they have done and continue to do in characteristic cycles all over the world and regionally in the United States.

We must learn to live with the virus by offering vaccines to the vulnerable, aggressively exploring early treatments, while also accepting some risk, rather than employing failed, harmful restrictions on low-risk people every time the pattern recurs. Instead of recognizing the evidence, the flow of misleading information lacking perspective, policies counter to scientific data, and the absence of transparency continues:

  • The unscientific obsession with stopping all cases of COVID-19 continues, including the variants that all scientists expected as the virus mutates and becomes less lethal, without acknowledging the low risk for the overwhelming majority and what should be today’s protection of the most vulnerable to death.
  • Accountability remains absent from government leaders, public health officials, and scientists in failing to admit errors about lockdowns; some even distort their records and portray disastrous death tallies as “successes.”
  • The CDC and public health leaders still fail to visibly acknowledge and then educate the public about the natural immunity in recovered COVID patients or to incorporate that biological fact into our nation’s vaccine policies. The public needs to know that data continues to accrue showing natural immunity after SARS2 infection, like other infectious diseases, is probably superior to vaccine-related protection.
  • Public health officials and government leaders keep using wildly incorrect projections that instill fear and alarm the public, and when they’re wrong, they fail to acknowledge this fact.
  • Our public health recommendations on masks and distancing did not change after scientific data showed previous rules were arbitrary, incorrect, and ineffective. As this was written, the CDC abruptly reissued another call for masking, even after vaccination, despite the lack of scientific data to support it. Many schools force children to wear masks, contrary to very clear science and simple logic. Must we prove the earth is round again?
  • Serious problems with the data, including overcounting of COVID as the cause of many hospitalizations and deaths in the United States, have never been explained to the public and acknowledged, even though it has been documented in the medical literature.
  • There continue to be delays in clinical trials and approvals of safe, widely available drugs that show potential efficacy in clinical reports as if vaccination is the only option.
  • A COVID testing requirement has been imposed in schools and university campuses, grossly violating ethical standards, including the CDC’s own statement only months ago in late 2020 that “it is both unethical and illegal to test someone who doesn’t want to be tested, including students whose parents or guardians do not want them to be tested.”
  • The spirit if not the letter of informed consent has been violated with a vaccine clinical trial in young children who have extremely low risk from the illness and rarely spread it.
  • The nation still awaits any indication that there will be a full investigation into the origin of the deadly virus, even if it uncovers potential corruption in our nation’s top science agencies and public health leaders. The world is owed full exposure without delay.

Why do these failures persist in a nominally science-based, freethinking, and ethical society like ours? Is the herd mentality so powerful, is fear such a dominant emotion, that all critical thinking and values disappear? If the US tallies 50,000 deaths from COVID next year, will we accept that with the relaxed attitude we have about the flu, which has that death toll every year? If not, why not? Are we a nation of science or science-deniers? Do we demand accountability and learn from past errors?

Is this country committed to the free exchange of ideas, so that truth is determined by evidence and debate rather than decree and false declarations of consensus? Do facts still matter? And what is the end-point, an endless series of panic-driven lockdowns or finally a recognition that the virus will become endemic? Are we committed to civil liberties? The answers to these questions are profoundly consequential.

One issue stands above all others—the urgent need to restore trust in our vital institutions. The management of this pandemic has left a stain on many of America’s once noble institutions, including our elite universities, research institutes and journals, and public health agencies. Earning it back will not be easy:

Trust in government. Almost all governors made entirely arbitrary distinctions. Even if one believed in the health benefits of these diktats, they were handed down with shocking disregard for the potential damages and deaths. In addition to seeing convincing data to justify such measures in the future, the citizenry must be convinced that rules apply to everyone. When elected officials are caught enjoying indoor dining with lobbyists, or public health leaders ignore their own restrictions on family gatherings, they undermine the moral legitimacy necessary for voluntary compliance. That puts the rule of law in future emergencies at risk.

Trust in public health leadership. There has been a repeated, erratic discussion coming from public health officials. On masks, America’s leading voice of public health issued a number of statements over a period of months that were in direct conflict with each other and with the data, and he still fails to recognize the most compelling studies. On testing, the CDC put up a guideline, then changed it, then took it down, then put back something close to the original.

There was no science to prompt those changes. The most visible face of public health praised four northeast US states with the highest rate of fatalities for following his guidance, despite their deadly performance. We also saw statements and actions from our top health and medical agencies that undermined trust in vaccines and potential treatments, an extremely important part of saving lives in the next pandemic.

Trust in science. The pandemic exposed grave problems with the essential functioning of science, research, and debate. Elite research universities, public health agencies, and top scientific journals quickly fell in line with herd thinking about the pandemic. Instead of open and free discourse to seek the scientific truths underlying urgently needed solutions, we have seen silencing, censoring, and slandering of scientists whose interpretations differed from the desired narrative. Prestigious journals are now openly contaminated with politics.

Academia and the research community, dominated by a single viewpoint, actively engage in intimidation and false declarations of consensus, as well as through abuse of the peer-review system. That intolerance has fostered a climate of fear and inhibited other scientists and health experts from contributing to the discussion, effectively inducing self-censorship. This dangerous trend threatens the free exchange of ideas essential to democracy.

Trust in educational leaders. The priorities of teachers and their unions were exposed as self-centered, driven by fear for the adult teachers, most of whom are at very low risk, at the expense of the health and future of children. The same holds true for our university leadership. Children are not to be used as shields for adults. No longer can we, as parents and concerned citizens, permit coerced injections of experimental drugs and required testing for access to university education. These requirements are not only unscientific, but they also violate our nation’s long-established standards for ethical conduct, medical privacy, and autonomy over one’s own body.

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EditionInternational Edition
ISBN1637585519, 978-1637585511
Posted onNovember 30, 2021
Page Count348 pages
AuthorScott W. Atlas

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