Hypocrite: Epidemiologist whose computer model prompted coronavirus lockdown policy had trysts with married woman

Neil Ferguson, 52, a quintessential beta male from the looks of him, is an epidemiologist and professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College, London, UK, and head of the college’s COVID-19 Response Team..

Ferguson specialises in the patterns of spread of infectious disease in humans and animals. He creates mathematical models to study and make policy recommendations on infectious diseases, including the ebola virus, HIV, swine flu, SARS and smallpox.

In February 2020, using statistical models, Ferguson sounded the alarm that cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were significantly under-detected (only 10% detected) in China, and that travellers from China had started chains of transmission within the countries they entered, including the UK.

In March, Ferguson gained widespread media attention when his COVID-19 Response Team published projections that the UK could face hundreds of thousands of deaths from COVID-19 without strict social distancing measures, but that with “strict social distancing, testing and isolation of infected cases”, deaths in the UK could fall to less than 20,000. The article concludes that “Many more deaths will be averted through ensuring that [non-pharmaceutical] interventions remain in place until transmission drops to low levels.” By “non-pharmaceutical interventions” is meant “case isolation, the closure of schools and universities, banning of mass gatherings and/or public events, and most recently, widescale social distancing including local and national lockdowns.” (See “Report 13: Estimating the number of infections and the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in 11 European countries“)

A government advisor on the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) committee, Ferguson wielded great influence on the UK government’s policy on infectious diseases. As Toby Young of Spectator USA puts it:

The professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London seemed to have bewitched successive prime ministers, blinding them with his brilliance. Whenever a health emergency broke out, whether it was mad cow disease or avian flu, there he was, PowerPoint in hand, telling the leaders of the United Kingdom what to do. And they invariably fell into line.

On March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was persuaded by Ferguson’s COVID-19 mathematical models to impose a lockdown on the whole uk population, banning all “non-essential” travel and contact with people outside one’s home, and shutting almost all businesses, venues, facilities, amenities and places of worship.

So it is the height of hypocrisy and deceit that Neil Ferguson chose to violate the lockdown policy he himself had recommended by having his married mistress, Antonia Staats, 38, visit him at his London home during the lockdown. Ferguson is also married, albeit “separated,” with one son.

According to the Telegraph, Staats made her first visit to Ferguson’s London flat on March 30, twelve days after Ferguson, on March 18, announced he’d tested positive for COVID-19 and that he was self-isolating in his flat.

On April 4, despite having violated the lockdown rule Ferguson told listeners of “BBC Today” that the lockdown must continue at least till the end of May because that would “risk the epidemic getting worse.”

The following week, on April 8, Staats made a second visit to Ferguson’s flat, despite telling friends she suspected that her husband had coronavirus symptoms.

A native of Germany, Staats is a rabid leftist who campaigned against Brexit and for an end to fossil fuel subsidies. She has been praised by Al Gore and Martin Schulz, the president of the unelected EU Parliament. Staats lives with her husband, an academic, and two children in a £1.9 million ($2.35 million) house in south London, and reportedly has an “open” marriage. She told friends she does not believe her and Ferguson’s actions to be hypocritical because she considers their two households to be one.

Two days later, on April 10, again speaking on “BBC Today,” Ferguson insisted that the lockdown must continue, despite the “huge” economic costs, social costs, personal and health costs.

Like Staats, Ferguson also believes he did nothing wrong. He told the Telegraph that he’d “acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms.” He allowed that “I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing,” and insisted that the lockdown “is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us.”

On Tuesday night, May 5, Ferguson admitted he had made an “error of judgment” and resigned from his government role on the SAGE committee.

Not only is Neil Ferguson a hypocrite and adulterer, his computer models have been found to be grossly inaccurate.

As recounted by Toby Young, Ferguson’s computer model predicted that if the Swedish government continued to pursue its “reckless” non-lockdown COVID-19 policy, the Swedish healthcare system would be overwhelmed 40-fold. By May 1, 40,000 Swedes would die of COVID-19, and 96,000 would die by the end of the year.

As of the time of this post, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sweden is 25,265, and the number of COVID-19 deaths is 3,175 — 36,835 fewer deaths than what Ferguson’s computer model had predicted. (Worldometer)

Meanwhile, Neil Ferguson has become synonymous with hypocrisy.

If you search for “Neil Ferguson” on Wikipedia, you’ll be directed to Wiki‘s entry on “Hypocrisy”. LOL

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG
3 months ago

These two make me sick. I got plenty other harsh words but I’ll refrain…

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
3 months ago
Reply to  DCG

That’s okay-I have enough imagination to fill them in…..

Ziggy
Ziggy
3 months ago

EEW!

PvtCharlieSlate
PvtCharlieSlate
3 months ago

Everyday now we find that there are more and more people who deserve to be social-distanced six feet … straight down.

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
3 months ago

I have one, simple question: how can lefties be so HYPOCRITICAL? How can they do it with a straight face? How can they not see their hypocrisy? We have this instance with the professor. We have the Dems (who just a year or so ago told us to believe all women) standing up for Creepy Joe Biden. This is in SPITE of the fact that Tara Reade’s accusation is more substantive; this is in spite of the fact that there’s copious video footage of Creepy Joe being a creep (sniffing little girls’ hair)! I could go on, but you get… Read more »

DCG
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DCG
3 months ago
Reply to  MarkyMark

Liberal logic isn’t designed to make sense…

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
3 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

That makes sense, since Lefties serve the Devil. They’re OF the Devil! It’s right there in the Bible, Matt. 25:41, which says: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Those on the Left serve Satan-end of story…

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago
Reply to  MarkyMark

Cognitive dissonance, either that or this whole virus thing is a farce.

Lola
Lola
3 months ago

Seriously, every morning I open my eyes and wish I could wake up from our current reality. But I become a homeschooler at 7am to angry and frustrated kids and am too exhausted to keep up with news. The teachers get online about 45 minutes a day…It’s all up to the parents..and we have to pay taxes to live here….This is what Marxism has brought to Western nations. Back to the diseased disease modeler…. Shouldn’t there have been multidisciplinary panels -pulled together by reps from all parties—doing these models and healthcare and economic decisions. We should have insisted …our government… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
3 months ago
Reply to  Lola

OH LOLA. As a teacher trying to do online ed….I so feel for you as a parent! You have to be responsible for your child’s daily participation in schooling.. It’s a hard task. DAH. THIS is what daily parent participation SHOULD be every day for their kids WITHOUT corona-virus. It’s how I grew up in latter days, where if I made a misstep, my parents were notified immediately b/c I had 20 kids in my class, & my teacher knew each one & their families intimately… As a teacher, I am NOT online 45 min/ day as you surmise from… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
3 months ago

WHATEVER! GEEZ. I don’t even have the fortitude or patience to follow this convoluted tale. Just let them do WHATEVER to WHOMEVER….and call it even or quits…whatever comes first.

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago

This other woman must be some sort of nookie payoff for this nerd, no way there is a real attraction on her end. It’s unlikely she’d be into nerds like this, she’s way out of his league. It’s like any half attractive woman and Pee Wee Herman, just doesn’t happen, LOL!

DCG
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DCG
2 months ago

I wonder if Neil will add this t his resume: “Imperial College’s modelling of non-pharmaceutical interventions for Covid-19 which helped persuade the UK and other countries to bring in draconian lockdowns will supersede the failed Venus space probe and could go down in history as the most devastating software mistake of all time, in terms of economic costs and lives lost.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/05/16/neil-fergusons-imperial-model-could-devastating-software-mistake/