'Flat-out incorrect': Scientists debunk Sask. biologist's claims about COVID-19 spread and physical distancing - 2020-04-27
An associate professor of biology in Saskatchewan has raised the ire of other scientists after he claimed that most people in the province had already contracted the novel coronavirus and recovered from it, rendering the COVID-19 lockdown unnecessary.
Experts are criticizing Josef Buttigieg of the University of Regina, who specializes in neurobiology and stem cell physiology, for social media posts that cast doubt on the province's physical distancing measures and the competence of Saskatchewan health officials.
In a widely shared video posted on April 8, Buttigieg said the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has demonstrated "gross ineptness" in its handling of the pandemic because it has been unwilling to conduct or approve antibody testing.