Scientist behind UK’s coronavirus lockdown resigns after flouting social distancing rules

Earlier this year, epidemiologist Neil Ferguson made headlines for his projection that millions would die from coronavirus and for his vocal advocacy in support of strict lockdown measures.

It now seems, however, that while the scientist has preached social distancing, he hasn’t been practicing it. The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Ferguson stepped down from his position on a government advisory council after it came to light that he secretly met with his married lover in contravention of those guidelines.

Ferguson resigns from government role

“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 paper stated.

The woman in question, identified as 38-year-old Antonia Staats, was seen visiting Ferguson’s central London residence on two separate occasions, according to the Daily Mail. Staats is said to share a home with her husband and children.

“I accept I made an error of judgment and took the wrong course of action,” the scientist was quoted as saying. “I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in SAGE,” he announced, referring to the British government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

What made his behavior even more egregious was the fact that Ferguson had recently been in isolation due to his own case of COVID-19, as the BBC reported.

Scientist expresses regret

“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,” Ferguson said.

“I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing to control this devastating epidemic,” Fergeson went on to lament. “The Government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us.”

Elites’ hypocrisy exposed

Ferguson is far from being the only high profile individual to demand that others remain socially isolated while failing to do so themselves.

Fox News personality Tucker Carlson recently highlighted a number of politicians and celebrities who have been caught in violation of the social distancing guidelines they promote.

In addition to Ferguson, Carlson also cited CNN host Chris Cuomo and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for their glaring hypocrisy on the issue.

Last month, Lightfoot attempted to justify her decision to get a haircut — despite forbidding others in the Windy City from doing so — by pointing to the fact that she is regularly on television, according to NBC News. Cuomo, for his part, was seen checking out real estate in the Hamptons after testing positive for coronavirus, as the New York Post reported.

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