Dr. Atlas: Coronavirus surges linked mostly to protests — and proximity to US – Mexico border

Jul 12, 2020 by

7.12.20 – Fox News

“Dr. Atlas: Coronavirus surges linked mostly to protests — and proximity to US – Mexico border”

By Victor Garcia

https://www.foxnews.com/media/dr-atlas-coronavirus-surges-linked-mostly-to-protests-and-proximity-to-us-mexico-border

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  Here is the link to Dr. Atlas’s bio. He is an amazing doctor and renowned analytical scholar: https://www.hoover.org/profiles/scott-w-atlas ]

The recent surges in U.S. coronavirus cases can be traced to two key factors — crowds of protesters and proximity to the U.S.-Mexico borderDr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at The Hoover Institution, said Saturday night.

Most of the cases in the Southwest — California, Arizona and Texas are occurring in counties closest to the U.S.-Mexico border, Atlas told anchor Jon Scott during an appearance on on “Fox Report Weekend.

“When you look in the southern counties of California, Arizona and the bordering counties of Texas — with the Mexico border — these are where most of these cases are really exploding,” Atlas said. “And then you look at the Mexico map and in Mexico, that’s where their cases are. Their cases are in the northern border zone states. And it turns out the timeline here correlates much more to the Mexico timeline of increasing cases than anything else.”

Spikes in Texas, Florida and Arizona don’t essentially line up with reopening but with Mexico’s surge and the recent protests that have gripped the U.S., Atlas said.

“When you really look closely at these so-called re-opening policies, whether it’s in Georgia or Florida or Texas, you know, we didn’t really see a big correlation of cases and hospitalizations from that,” Atlas said. “That’s really not true. That’s sort of some sloppy thinking, I think, again. We really … have to look closely at why these things are happening.

[Dr. Atlas is telling Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott that he has been listening to the wrong people who think masks are the “answer.”  This article gives Dr. Atlas’ explanation further on down the page which is increased hospital capacity.  This is what is needed in Texas because people have been forced by the COVID lockdowns to put off their needed surgeries and healthcare. Instead, Gov. Abbott decided that masks were the answer and even allowed penalties to be put in place. What this did was to send a clear “panic” message to the public, created more fear, and caused the public to retreat once again back into their lockdowns, thus throwing Texas business owners back into financial jeopardy.]

“By the way. California didn’t really reopen. Yet they have cases coming up. Why is that? I mean, that’s because these cases don’t really correlate to that.” [Dr. Atlas is intimating that the rising COVID case numbers in California are due to the protests; but, of course, leftist CA Gov. Newsom is not going to put the blame where it belongs – with the rioters and protesters.]

‘A setup to spread cases’

“They correlate mainly to two things — the big thousands and thousands of people with protesting, sharing megaphones, screaming. That’s a setup to spread cases,” Atlas said. “And also when you look at the analysis of the border counties, there’s a tremendous amount of cases coming over the border and exchanging with families in the northern Mexico states.”

Atlas also explained the hospital capacity situation in Texas and Arizona.

“So the real concern that that I see right now is that there are hospitals getting crowded in their ICUs and this is clearly a concern,” Atlas said. “The crowding is from the reinstatement of regular medical care, which is actually very important. We have locked that down before and that policy kills people. So we don’t want to go back to that.”

“The solution to this is really protect the high risk in a more diligent way than we are, the very highest-risk group. We have been very, very clear about that to people,” Atlas said. “The second part is increase the hospital capacity.”

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