The coronavirus thought police have once again censored another highly qualified scientists for merely disagreeing with stay at home orders.
Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, announced that YouTube removed his video speaking about the coronavirus that had reached up to 1.3 million views.
The New York Post reports:
Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.
Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to achieve “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.
In the video taken down by YouTube Wittkowski explained that respiratory disease don’t stop spreading until herd immunity is achieved.
“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. 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,” he says in the now-deleted video.
“I was just explaining what we had,” Wittkowski told The Post of the video, saying he had no idea why it was removed. The footage was produced by the British film company Journeyman Pictures.
“They don’t tell you. They just say it violates our community standards. There’s no explanation for what those standards are or what standards it violated.”
Wittkowski opinion comparing the Wuhan virus to a “bad flu” made him a target for YouTube, that said if any video disputes World Health Organization policy it is a violation of their terms of service.
“Anything that goes against [World Health Organization] recommendations would be a violation of our policy and so removal is another really important part of our policy,” CEO Susan Wojcicki told CNN.