The Wuhan virus has caused unimaginable damage in only a few short months.
Health experts have been scrambling to coordinate a response to the pandemic.
But one expert just made a shocking admission about the coronavirus.
There are now 6.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, and over 388,000 people have lost their lives.
Trillions of dollars have been drained from the global economy, and some businesses, both large and small, have permanently shut their doors.
However, the response to the virus has raised a lot of questions that are beginning to be answered.
People are beginning to wonder if the draconian lockdowns were even necessary.
One of those people is epidemiologist Neil Ferguson at Imperial College London, whose doomsday modeling triggered governments to shut down their economies.
After Ferguson was challenged on his models, he was forced to downgrade his projected deaths, and now he’s pondering if the lockdowns were effective at all.
For example, Sweden did not lock down, and their coronavirus numbers were on par or better than other European countries.
During an interview, Ferguson said, “There are differences in how science has influenced policies in different countries. I have the greatest respect for scientists there [in Sweden]. They came to a different policy conclusion but based really on quite similar science.”
But the experts at the time said Sweden was crazy for not going along with the strict lockdown procedures.
The UK was considering a similar approach until Ferguson’s model scared them out of it.
When asked why Sweden only saw 4,000 deaths as opposed to the 90,000 predicted by Ferguson, he said, “I think it’s an interesting question. It’s clear there have been significant social distancing in Sweden…It’s clear that when you look at their mortality, they are not seeing the rate of decline most European countries are seeing.”
Ferguson’s estimate was off by a factor greater than 20.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of this is that there were plenty of medical doctors and health experts who sounded the alarm on the lockdowns early, but many of them were censored.
People were told to listen to the experts, but some experts were silenced, and some whose voices were amplified were dead wrong about the coronavirus.
Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave conflicting messages about virus procedures, shaking the confidence of citizens.
Now that Ferguson’s model has been completely discredited, there will be no consequences for him.
Ironically, Ferguson did catch heat for breaking lockdown orders to engage in a tryst with a married woman.
This is a classic case of “rules for thee, but not for me.”
It’s time for local officials to get fully on board with reopening the country before the economic damage gets even worse.
Too many people have lost their lives and livelihoods due to dubious science.