Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist at the United Kingdom’s Imperial College who was responsible for several dramatically incorrect coronavirus projections, has resigned from his position after an extra-marital affair that violated “social distancing” guidelines, as reported by the Daily Caller.
Ferguson had allowed a 38-year-old married woman to visit him several times, each of which involved her traveling across the country to be with him. In a statement, Ferguson said that he “deeply regret[ed] any undermining of the clear message around the continued need for social distancing.”
Ferguson was infamously known for his coronavirus projection model, on which the United Kingdom’s government response to the virus was based, which falsely predicted that over two million Americans and half a million British citizens would be killed by the disease. He was forced to revise his own projections down significantly, predicting only about 20,000 deaths in the U.K.
Ferguson had previously made drastically incorrect predictions about such diseases as the bird flu, falsely guessing that over 200 million people around the world would die, when that disease killed only a few hundred. He similarly predicted about 65,000 deaths from the swine flu in the U.K., but the disease only killed 457.