“A Plague Upon Our House” By Special White House Advisor Dr. Scott Atlas
Originally published on the author’s Substack, Courageous Discourse
White House Preoccupation with Testing, Contact Tracing, Masks, and Lockdowns Reveals Blindspot for Sick Americans with Acute COVID-19
I have had a chance to get to know Dr. Scott Atlas, former academic neuroradiologist and health policy scholar at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. I have great respect for his intellectual honesty and courage in challenging others inside the White House during his tenure as Special White House Coronavirus Advisor from July to December 2020. However, I read his account of what happened titled “A Plague Upon Our House” with particular attention to what I saw in community medicine and with millions of Americans falling sick with COVID-19 during that time period. I was actively publishing medical advancements alongside Atlas in The Hill and in peer-reviewed manuscripts. Here are two OPEDs within a month of each other—Atlas as well as the entire White House were oblivious to the important issue I raise—saving American lives with early treatment.
Among a long list of White House personnel and advisors including Trump, Pence, Kushner, Meadows, Mnuchin, Kudlow, Adams, Redfield, Birx, Fauci, Girar, McEntee, Miller, McEnany, and those called to Washington to meet with Atlas and Trump including Bhattcharya, Kuldorff, and Gupta, according to the 332-page narrative, none of them had a documented conversation, meeting, or briefing about how patients with acute COVID-19 were being treated to handle the problem at hand– preventing hospitalization and death. None of them brought up the prospect of how early therapeutics would play a role in settling down fear and resolving the crisis. None of the interventions (testing, contract tracing, social distancing, lockdowns, masking) that consumed large amounts of time and resources, helped sick patients in any meaningful way. A completely wasted effort.
The oblivion to treatment strategies was nothing short of spectacular. Atlas made no mention of the historic US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs special hearings on the results of early treatment protocols held on November 19, and December 8, 2020, chaired by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).
Senate Hearing on COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment, Medical professionals testified on COVID-19 outpatient treatment at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.
Neither he nor any of the task force members took any note of OPEDs published in The Hill on the need for early treatment or of the widely cited first iteration of The McCullough Protocol published in the American Journal of Medicine.
There was no mention of market entry and strategy for monoclonal antibodies in November, 2020. At no time according to Atlas, was there ever consideration of having doctors come to Washington and brief the president and task force on therapeutic advancements. By December, 2020, Gkioulekas published we had clear and convincing evidence that early treatment was working to reduce hospitalization and death. Effective early therapeutic combinations to keep patients out of the hospital were the missing cornerstone to Atlas’s case for allaying fear and not locking down—letting the country get through the crisis with protections (including treatment) for those at high risk.
The insulated groupthink and perseveration on testing, contact tracing, masking, social distancing, and lockdowns appeared to be a fear-driven hypnotic trance that was the real plague that fell upon the White House. Everyone should read “A Plague Upon Our House” and then tackle “Courage to Face COVID-19: Preventing Hospitalization and Death While Battling the Biopharmaceutical Complex” by McCullough and Leake.
America needs to understand pandemic response from the real-world perspective of sick patients and caring physicians. It’s clear to me now, no volume of editorials or manuscripts could have broken the powerful mental contagion that so captivated our leaders and misled the nation so terribly on pandemic response during 2020.
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Gkioulekas, E.; McCullough, P.A.; Zelenko, Z. Statistical Analysis Methods Applied to Early Outpatient COVID-19 Treatment Case Series Data. COVID 2022, 2, 1139–1182. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/covid2080084
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