WATCH: Infectious Disease Expert Calls Herd Immunity Pixie Dust and Pseudo-Science
Donald Trump had some of the best medical minds there are working on his coronavirus task force. These doctors, though, were not willing to go along with the president’s talking points. So people like Anthony Fauci, Robert Redfield and Deborah Birx were essentially replaced by Dr. Scott Atlas.
Atlas, who is a neuradiologist by trade, has been less than impressive. In fact, a number of Stanford professors, where Atlas had previously worked, issued a letter denouncing him. And the radiologist’s ideas on herd immunity have been slammed by experts. On Sunday, Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert, called the idea pixie dust and pseudo-science.
Dr. Osterholm made the comments while speaking with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. The host asked, “Is that (herd immunity) even possible without a robust vaccine?”
The doctor began, “That 20 percent number is the most amazing combination of pixie dust and pseudoscience I have ever seen. So let’s just move on. It is 50 to 70 percent at minimum.”
“Remember, when we talk about getting 50 to 70 percent protection, we’re talking you can get there with disease but if that happens, there will be a lot of deaths, a lot of serious illnesses, or we can try to get there with vaccination. And postponing the number of people get sick until we have the vaccines available. Once you get to 50 to 70 percent, that’s kind of like what you hear on the airplane and they announce we’re about to descend into LaGuardia. You still have 30 minutes of flight time. 50 to 70 percent just slows down transmission, it doesn’t stop it… Our goal is to get many people protected with vaccine and we have to tell that story.”
Watch a video of Osterholm discussing the topic below:
Dr. Michael Osterholm called @SWAtlasHoover's threshold for herd immunity "the most amazing combination of pixie dust and pseudoscience I have ever seen."
What's amazing to me, even as a non-doctor, is how this guy got through medical school without ever learning about T cells. pic.twitter.com/303Pz9qXir
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 18, 2020