Stanford University biophysicist and Nobel prize winner Michael Levitt has predicted that coronavirus will soon disappear if the world keeps on practicing social distancing. Levitt, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, earlier predicted about the epidemic in China that it would get through the worst of its devastating outbreak before several other health experts predicted.
During an interview with The Los Angeles Times, he said: "What we need is to control the panic... we're going to be fine," he said, adding that the data doesn't support the doom epidemiologist have been warning about.
Levitt said that coronavirus will vanish soon as the entire world is observing social distancing.
Levitt has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He had earlier prognosticated about the epidemic in China that would devastate the world.
Levitt said that social-distancing mandates and getting vaccinated against the flu are both critical to the fight against the spread. He said people should not panic, but act cautiously to combat the virus.
The Nobel laureate also blamed the media for fanning out panic.
Earlier, when China started reporting more deaths from COVID-19, Levitt sent out an optimistic report.
"This suggests that the rate of increase in number of the deaths will slow down even more over the next week," he said in a note that went viral on Chinese social media.
He predicted mid-February peak with a total tally of about 80,000 cases and 3,250 deaths.
"As of March 16, China had counted a total of 80,298 cases and 3,245 deaths".
Levitt said that overreaction could trigger another crisis, with lost jobs and hopelessness around.