December 19, 2020

Stanford responds to Trump coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas’ calls for Michigan to ‘rise up’ against new restrictions

By haziqbinarif

STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Stanford University on Monday responded to remarks Hoover Institution senior fellow and White House coronarvirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas made about new public health measures to contain COVID-19, including a tweet in which he encouraged Michigan residents to “rise up.”

“Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear. We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing. We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities,” the university said in a statement. “Dr. Atlas has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic. Dr. Atlas’s statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”

On Sunday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state will begin a “three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities” to mitigate the spread of the virus. The move comes amid a nationwide surge in cases.

“The only way this stops is if people rise up,” Atlas said in a tweet shortly after the new measures were announced. “You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.”

Source link