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- Dr. Scott Atlas, a vocal lockdown skeptic, is the newest member of the White House coronavirus task force. He has been increasingly featured in official briefings but criticized by health experts in recent weeks.
- Business Insider spoke with Atlas on Monday afternoon, hours before President Donald Trump returned to the White House following a three-day hospitalization.
- Atlas said the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis would not change the White House’s strategy on the pandemic, which has been to protect the vulnerable while still reopening the economy.
- “He is not afraid, he’s not going to hide in the basement, endorse another lockdown … frozen in fear behind a mask,” Atlas said of the president.
- Throughout the pandemic the White House has downplayed the coronavirus, pressured states