I thought this guy was some random robo-idiot, it turns out he's a Harvard prof and policymaker:
To be fair, his name is quite reminiscent of this:I thought this guy was some random robo-idiot, it turns out he's a Harvard prof and policymaker:
Epidemiologist and Health Economist. Public health scientist
. Senior Fellow
The guy is an FOB Chinese PhD who married into the Tribe and took his wife's name...
Turns out she's from Austria, and not Jewish, they met at Harvard. She does look pretty good if you look past the stern Germanic pose.
Feigl-Ding’s tweets went viral, but as it so often does, Twitter ended up being a double-edged sword. A fellow epidemiologist chastised him for his “fearmongering hyperbole, and borderline public health malpractice.” Feigl-Ding, who is not a virologist, was also criticized for inaccuracies. In one of his tweets, he incorrectly wrote that the coronavirus was eight times as infectious as SARS, which had an RO from 2 to 5.
In an interview, he called the mistake “truly an accidental misreading” of a published journal. Once he realized it, he said, he quickly deleted the tweet.
But Feigl-Ding has since emerged as a sort of avatar for the rise of what BuzzFeed dubbed “coronavirus influencers.” The idea is that he and others have used a public health crisis—and sensational tweets—to raise their profiles.
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