However that didn’t cease Dr. Atlas. In mid-November, he known as on folks in Michigan to “rise up” in opposition to coronavirus restrictions. The state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who had confronted demise threats and a thwarted kidnapping attempt over the restrictions, denounced him as “extremely reckless.”
However in his resignation letter and the accompanying tweet, Dr. Atlas defended himself.
“We additionally recognized and illuminated early on the harms of extended lockdowns, together with that they create large bodily well being losses and psychological misery, destroy households and injury our youngsters,” he wrote.
“And increasingly,” he added, “the comparatively low danger to youngsters of great harms from the an infection, the much less frequent unfold from youngsters, the presence of immunologic safety past that proven by antibody testing, and the extreme harms from closing faculties and society are all being acknowledged.”
Contained in the administration, Dr. Atlas clashed specifically with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s high infectious illness specialist, and Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator.
Whereas Dr. Atlas was enjoying down the need of carrying masks, Dr. Birx was touring the nation preaching the alternative. She implored governors and public well being officers in hard-hit states to take extra aggressive steps. The 2 additionally clashed repeatedly in personal.
However Dr. Atlas’s disagreements with Dr. Fauci had been extra visceral — and extra public.
After the election, Dr. Atlas accused Dr. Fauci of being a “political animal” who modified his evaluation of the specter of the pandemic after it turned clear that Mr. Trump had misplaced. Dr. Fauci replied in variety.
“I don’t wish to say something in opposition to Dr. Atlas as an individual, however I completely disagree with the stand he takes,” he stated lately on the “As we speak” present on NBC, after Dr. Atlas’s feedback about Michigan. “I simply do, interval.”