‘Virtually Zero Risk’: Stanford Doctor Scott Atlas Argues Kids Should Go Back To School

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Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas has joined the national debate as to whether schools should reopen in the fall.

Speaking with Fox News, Atlas said there was “virtually zero risk” to reopening.

“There is virtually zero risk for children getting something serious or dying from this disease. Anyone who thinks schools should be closed is not talking about the children. It has nothing to do with the children’s risk,” he said via the Federalist. “There’s no rational reason or science to say that children transmit the disease significantly.”

Atlas cautioned more “high-risk teachers” but said students are fine to go back to school.

“It’s true that there are high-risk teachers and those teachers should be able to believe in their social distancing and masks. They can teach using social distancing. And if they still are afraid they can stay at home. There’s no reason to lock up the children,” he said.

As for the possibility to have students learn from online, Atlas said: “Long-distance learning is a failure.”

The former chief of neuroradiology also pointed to what other countries were doing with their educational programs.

“We are the only country not opening schools. This is absurd,” he said with the Federalist. “Look at the science. I’m saying use critical thinking and logic.”

He added:

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This is the biggest problem of all. Yet again we are going to commit some severe public policy without regards to the harm of the public policy. If we start acting out of fear and are an outlier in this country, this country is finished.

You either believe the science or not. You can’t insist that you believe in the science and then act contrary to science.

President Trump has repeatedly advocated that schools should reopen, tweeting earlier this week that other countries have reopened without issue.

“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!” Trump tweeted.

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