On this episode of HealthMade Radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt discusses the nationwide response to the health crisis with Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, who has been modeling epidemics for 35 years. He is the former chief biostatistician and epidemiologist at Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Wittkowski, believes that our response to the virus is not only wrong but will increase the length of the outbreak and put the elderly and susceptible at a greater risk.
“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is natural herd immunity,” the epidemiologist said. “About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected, or they had very, very mild symptoms, especially if they are children.”
Listen to the full episode to hear Dr. Karlfeldt and Dr. Wittkowski answer these questions:
What about the Italian death toll, does America compare?
How does epidemic figures compare from the non-response by Sweden, and the neighboring countries Norway and Finland?
Does our current knowledge in the US give us an advantage in dealing with the outbreak?
A vaccine – an appropriate solution?
What about viral mutations?
The Correct Course of Action?
Dr. Wittkowski received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Stuttgart and his ScD (Habilitation) in Medical Biometry from the Eberhard-Karls-University Tuüingen, both Germany.
He worked for 15 years with Klaus Dietz, a leading epidemiologist who coined the term “reproduction number” on the Epidemiology of HIV before heading for 20 years, the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design at The Rockefeller University, New York.
Dr. Wittkowski is currently the CEO of ASDERA LLC, a company discovering novel treatments for complex diseases from data of genome-wide association studies.