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Israeli Nobel Laureate: Coronavirus spread is slowing

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JERUSALEM POST

Michael
Levitt praised Israel for its preventative measures. He said most
people are naturally immune, and that since the infection rate in
China is slowing down, “the end of the pandemic is near.”

The
coronavirus epidemic is slowing down in China, and will not pose a
risk to the majority of people, an Israeli Nobel Prize laureate has
said. Michael Levitt, an American-British-Israeli biophysicist who
won the 2013 Nobel prize for chemistry for “the development of
multiscale models for complex chemical systems,” has become
something of a household name in China over the last few months.
Although his specialty is not in epidemiology, he accurately forecast
the slowing down of the spread of the virus in February, giving hope
to those affected by the lockdown. But far from being a modern-day
prophet, he explained in an interview with Calcalist that he simply
crunched the numbers. Levitt’s wife, Shoshan Brosh, is a researcher
of Chinese art, meaning that the couple regularly travels between
America, Israel and China. Consequently, when the virus broke out in
Hubei province, Levitt wrote to his Chinese friends in support.

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