People all over the country are nervous about the Coronavirus.
No one seems to know when the worst will happen, or how bad it could get.
One highly regarded Stanford University scientist is offering a hopeful message. He says the recovery will be quick.
From The Hill:
Nobel laureate predicts US will have much faster coronavirus recovery than expected
A Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist estimates the United States may see a downturn in new coronavirus cases sooner than health experts have predicted, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Stanford University biology professor Michael Levitt, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, said his models do not support predictions the coronavirus will stick around for months or years and cause millions of deaths. He says the data do not support such an extreme scenario.
“What we need is to control the panic…we’re going to be fine,” Levitt told the Los Angeles Times.
Levitt previously predicted accurately when China would get through the worst of its COVID-19 crisis. The Nobel Prize winner predicted China would peak around 80,000 cases and 3,250 deaths. He was not far off, as China has reported more than 81,000 cases with more than 3,200 deaths.
Levitt said he can see a better outcome in the U.S. than what has taken place in China, Italy or Iran, especially with social distancing measures in place. He said social-distancing mandates are critical in cutting the number of coronavirus cases.
He analyzed data from 78 countries that have reported more than 50 new infections each day and says he focuses on new cases rather than overall totals. Levitt said he sees “signs of recovery” in each of the countries.
People place a lot of stock in this man’s opinions.
“The real situation is not nearly as terrible as they make it out to be,” Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist.
The key, he says, is to control panic.
RT to spread the HOPE
— Mohd. Abdul Sattar (@SattarFarooqui) March 25, 2020
Israeli Nobel Prize-winning scientist from Stanford University claims the coronavirus epidemics devastating Italy and New York are finally slowing down. Professor Michael Levitt accurately predicted how many cases and deaths would take place in China https://t.co/37fHAP2yd8
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) March 31, 2020
Let’s hope he is right this time.