Acclaimed biophysicist Michael Levitt who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013 has predicted that the end of the coronavirus pandemic is near and has cited the falling numbers in China to support his hypothesis, The Jerusalem Post has reported.
Levitt says that while initially the infection rate in China’s Hubei province increased by 30 per cent each day, by 7 February the number of cases started to drop linearly, and the same happened in case of casualty figures.
As per Levitt, this “dramatic change in the curve marked the median point”. It thus allowed him to predict that the situation in China will improve within a fortnight. Now the cases in China (officially) have dramatically dropped with all the new 39 cases on Sunday (23 March) being foreign travellers.
“When discussing diseases, it frightens people a lot because they keep hearing about new cases every day. But the fact that the infection rate is slowing down means the end of the pandemic is near”, Levitt was quoted as saying.
Levitt has also gone ahead to make a bold claim that the virus is likely to disappear from China by the end of March.
Levitt also claims that most individuals are naturally immune to Covid-19 by pointing out that despite the virus getting ideal operating conditions in the cruise ship Diamond Princess, via centralised air-conditioning and communal dining rooms, only 20 per cent were affected.
With regards to other countries Levitt says that South Korea is already past the median point and Italy’s higher death rate is the result of a higher percentage of ageing population.