Anxious about the United States, earlier this month, he told that if isolation didn't happen on time, it could lead to a situation where huge number of infected people would descend on the nearest hospital simultaneously leading to the collapse of the healthcare system. More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown: What will stay open and what won'tHow to quarantine yourself at homeTrust the newspaper for your daily verified newsThink that is just draconian China?Levitt says similar turning points can be observed for other countries - even those without authoritarian clampdowns - although most countries hit by Covid-19 are still trying to bring down the number of daily new cases.
The laureate had already started studying the number of coronavirus cases around the world back in January this year.
"What we need is to control the panic. we're going to be fine, ." he said.
There are some epidemiologists warning the USA could be at various levels of lockdown for months, or even years, but Levitt said the data he's looking at just doesn't support such a desperate situation, particularly in places that have implemented depressive measures like "social distancing". And his forecast turned out to be nearly correct with a total tally of about 80,298 cases and 3,245 deaths by the mid-February.More news: James Bond actor declares he wanted to play Superman or Spider-Man
Nobel laureate scientist Michael Levitt claimed that the coronavirus epidemic has slowed in China and will no longer pose a threat to the majority of people.
The number of newly diagnosed patients has dropped to around 25 a day, with no cases of community spread reported for a couple of past days. He has been focusing on the number of new cases identified every day rather than the total number of cases in a country.
"Numbers are still noisy but there are clear signs of slowed growth", said Levitt, later noting the virus can only grow "exponentially" when it's undetected and there are no measures in place to stop its spread. But even with incomplete data, "a consistent decline means there's some factor at work that is not just noise in the numbers", he said. "This is not the time to go out drinking with your buddies", he said. He said this at a time when U.S. had less than 2,000 cases of COVID-19. So do data from outbreaks in confined environments, such as the one on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.More news: Non-essential workers to be stopped from using Tube during coronavirus crisis
He fears the public health measures that have shut down large swaths of the economy could cause their own health catastrophe, as lost jobs lead to poverty and hopelessness.
In addition, he says that the anti-vaccination mentality of Italy was perhaps one of the strong reasons why the virus spread so rapidly in Italy.
"What we need is to control the panic", he said.
Though the mortality rate for COVID-19 is quite a bit higher than that of the flu, Levitt said this is "not the end of the world".More news: New Zealand declares emergency