It’s time for people to start asking more questions about coronavirus and the government’s strategy.
Boris Johnson is relying on the experts that surround him to make decisions. In-fact, it was research from Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College that led to the lockdown. Yet, Imperial College and Professor Ferguson have a track record of ‘flawed data’. Why is the government basing their entire plan around a single, likely flawed, model?
It was a model created by Professor Ferguson which led to six million livestock being slaughtered during the foot-and-mouth outbreak. It was later revealed such action wasn’t necessary.
John Ioannidis, a maverick pandemic forecaster at Stanford University, called the data collected so far on the pandemic “utterly unreliable“. He pointed out that the Diamond Princess cruise ship yielded a mortality rate of 1% in a population composed of high-risk older people.
In the absence of data, prepare-for-the-worst reasoning leads to extreme measures of social distancing and lockdowns. Unfortunately, we do not know if these measures work.John Ioannidis
Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist correctly calculated that China would get through the worst of its coronavirus outbreak long before many others. He now foresees a similar outcome for the rest of the world.
While many experts are warning of months, or even years, of lockdown and social distancing, Levitt says the data simply doesn’t support such a dire scenario.
The real situation is not as nearly as terrible as they make it out to be. What we need is to control the panic, we’re going to be fine.Michael Levitt
Levitt blames the media for causing unnecessary panic by focusing on the increase in cases and spotlighting celebrities who contract the virus.
Back here in Britain, official figures from the Office for National Statistics show average weekly death rates have remained the same compared to previous years. This is despite hundreds of deaths linked to coronavirus.
And the BBC reported that the temporary Nightingale hospital in London won’t open until next week because “London hospitals are currently coping with their case numbers”. Why hasn’t more been made of this across the media?
The government is treating Imperial College experts as infallible, despite the clear lack of data, and on that basis have decided to destroy our economy and the livelihood of millions. Time will tell if that was the correct decision.