When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Donald Trump had trusted and serious advisers like Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. Those advisers, however, were too serious for Trump. The president started listening more to Scott Atlas, a radiologist who frequently appeared on Fox News.
During much of his tenure, Atlas downplayed that seriousness of the illness and pushed a controversial herd immunity strategy. Thankfully, the former Trump doctor left his post and the Biden team is coming in shortly. That doesn’t mean, though, that Atlas is done pushing misinformation. He appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show last night to mock the soaring COVID death total.
The controversial Fox host began the interview by comparing COVID-19 to the flu. She told viewers, ” Now we’re not mathematicians here at The Ingraham Angle but that would put the fatality rate for COVID at roughly 0.2 percent if you — if you get it. 0.2 percent which is markedly less than the flu.”
She then introduced Atlas. The guest agreed with Ingraham, telling her, ” In fact, for people who are young, children, it’s less than flu and it’s only for those people who are old, particularly over 70 with comorbidities where it’s very, very high, much higher than seasonal flu.”
Ingraham concluded, “Now, if you listen to a lot of the TV medical doctors, Dr. Atlas, you would think that young Americans were dropping like flies from this.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of Media Matters and the Fox News network:
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