Doomsday Epidemiologist Resigns After Breaking Social Distancing Rules He Recommended
Dr. Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist behind the infamous London Imperial College coronavirus model, stepped down yesterday after breaking his own social distancing rules to meet his married paramour.
According to the Daily Wire, reporting from The Telegraph, Ferguson “resigned from his Government advisory position on Tuesday night as The Telegraph can reveal he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover,” The Telegraph reported Tuesday.
The report also stated that “Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman lives with her husband and their children in another house.”
Antonia Staats, Ferguson’s married paramour, allegedly traveled across London at least twice to meet up with Ferguson. The Telegraph said that Ferguson had just finished a two-week self-isolation after testing positive for the virus.
Ferguson told The Telegraph:
“I accept I made an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action. I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage [the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies].
“I acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus, and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms.
“I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing to control this devastating epidemic. The Government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us.”
Ferguson’s modeling apparently caused British PM Boris Johnson to enforce a lockdown, and has been favorably cited by Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leaders on the White House coronavirus task force team. The model projected 2.2 million deaths in the US and 500,000 in the UK should there be no mitigation.
While his hypocrisy in no way disproves the efficacy of social distancing, it does go to prove that after months of it, even its biggest proponents can’t take it anymore. Or maybe he was a hypocrite from day one and we’re just learning now.