A top White House coronavirus adviser brought on earlier this month despite his lack of expertise in infectious diseases or epidemiology is reportedly pushing the Trump administration to adopt a so-called \u0022herd immunity\u0022 strategy to the pandemic that public health experts warn could kill millions of Americans and infect hundreds of millions more.\u0022Something so jarring about reading the cadences of normal newspaper copy about a WH adviser who has a plan to kill 2 million Americans.\u0022 —journalist Chris HayesThe Washington Post reported Monday that Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist from the right-wing Hoover Institution, caught President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s attention \u0022with a spate of Fox News appearances in recent months\u0022 in which he downplayed the severity of Covid-19 and questioned the need for lockdowns and social distancing measures.Atlas—who one commentator described as the \u0022anti-Fauci,\u0022 referring to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci—has \u0022advocated that the United States adopt the model Sweden has used to respond to the virus outbreak... which relies on lifting restrictions so the healthy can build up immunity to the disease rather than limiting social and business interactions to prevent the virus from spreading,\u0022 according to the Post.Sweden\u0026#039;s decision to forego strict lockdowns in favor of more relaxed social distancing guidelines has been criticized by public health experts as a reckless approach to the pandemic that contributed to the country\u0026#039;s high death rate compared to other European nations. Pursuing a similar strategy in the U.S., a country with a population of 328 million, would be catastrophic, experts warned.This is incredibly dangerous. Remember, @SWAtlasHoover is a NeuroRadiologist and Hoover Institute conservative thinktank member. He likely has not had direct patient care in decades, and he has no advanced training in public health, epidemiology, virology of infectious diseases. https://t.co/MLxJbX9WjR— Dr. Rob Davidson #WearAMask (@DrRobDavidson) August 31, 2020Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist and professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, tweeted Monday that to achieve \u0022herd immunity\u0022 without a vaccine, \u0022about 250 million Americans would contract the virus and 1.5-2 million would die.\u0022A Post analysis found that 2.13 million deaths may be required to \u0022reach a 65 percent threshold of herd immunity, assuming the virus has a one percent fatality rate.\u0022Yale University epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves said \u0022no one in public health\u0022 thinks highly of Atlas\u0026#039; approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected more than six million people in the U.S. and killed at least 182,000—the highest death toll in the world.\u0022It\u0026#039;s not edgy, contrarian,\u0022 Gonsalves said of Atlas\u0026#039; thinking. \u0022It\u0026#039;s dangerous and terrifying.\u0022Something so jarring about reading the cadences of normal newspaper copy about a WH adviser who has a plan to kill 2 million Americans.https://t.co/YMd7A5UdQ3— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 31, 2020Senior Trump administration officials told the Post that despite warnings from medical experts, the White House has already moved to implement \u0022some policies\u0022 in line with Atlas\u0026#039; proposed strategy, \u0022particularly with regard to testing.\u0022\u0022The Department of Health and Human Services, for instance, invoked the Defense Production Act earlier this month to expedite the shipment of tests to nursing homes—but the administration has not significantly ramped up spending on testing elsewhere, despite persistent shortages,\u0022 the Post reported. \u0022Trump and top White House aides, including Atlas, have also repeatedly pushed to reopen schools and lift lockdown orders, despite outbreaks in several schools that attempted to resume in-person classes.\u0022Last week, as Common Dreams reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly issued new guidance that no longer recommends Covid-19 tests for everyone who has been potentially been exposed to the virus—a change that was reportedly directed by the highest levels of the Trump administration.Fauci, who said he was in surgery and under general anesthesia when the new CDC guidance was discussed, warned the latest recommendations \u0022will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern.\u0022\u0022In fact,\u0022 said Fauci, \u0022it is.\u0022Eric Topol, a cardiologist and head of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, told the Post that he believes Atlas \u0022was basically recruited to crowd out Tony Fauci and the voice of reason.\u0022\u0022Not only do we not embrace the science, but we repudiate the science by our president, and that has extended by bringing in another unreliable misinformation vector,\u0022 said Topol.