Nobel laureate says virus will halt soon

Nobel laureate says virus will halt soon


Dr. Michael Levitt, an American-British-Israeli biophysicist who received the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing complex models of chemical systems, has an optimistic take on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

According to him, the fast-spreading disease is likely to come to a halt, but gradually. Dr. Levitt, whose specialty is not in epidemiology, cited the slowing rate of increase in the number of deaths in China to support his hypothesis.

He said that just like China, the United States too will get through the worst of the outbreak sooner than many specialists anticipate. The laureate had already started studying the number of coronavirus cases around the world back in January this year. According to him, the world needs to control the panic, and abide by the reasonable social distancing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Dr. Levitt’s statistical findings had in February anticipated that there would be around 80,000 confirmed cases in China with about 3,250 deaths. And his forecast turned out to be almost correct with a total tally of about 80,298 cases and 3,245 deaths by the mid-February.

He said, despite the spread of coronavirus peaking in China, the country has been witnessing fewer newly diagnosed patients since March 16.