Professor Robert Dingwall calls for a 'sense of proportion' and brands Covid-19 ...

Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, says there needs to be a 'sense of proportion' with coronavirus

Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, says there needs to be a 'sense of proportion' with coronavirus

A leading sociology professor has today called for calm over Covid-19, as he branded the virus a 'nasty infection' that 'simply brought deaths forward be a few weeks'. 

Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University, says there needs to be a 'sense of proportion' over coronavirus.

The killer respiratory virus is thought to contributed to the deaths of more than 45,000 people in the UK and 685,000 worldwide.

But Professor Dingwall says figures show around 80 per cent of victims in the UK already had life-limiting medical condition.

Writing a column in the Daily Express today, he said: 'Covid-19 has been linked to about 50,000 deaths in the first 16 weeks of the UK pandemic - but about 1,000 people normally die every week. 

'In the past five weeks, fewer than usual have died. Covid-19 simply bought deaths forward by a few weeks or months.'

He added: 'Six months into this pandemic, we have learnt that it will not wipe out human life on this planet. It is a nasty infection and every death represents a person loved by someone. But it is time for a sense of proportion. 

Coronavirus is thought to contributed to the deaths of more than 45,000 people in the UK and 685,000 worldwide. Pictured: Shoppers wearing face coverings in London

Coronavirus is thought to contributed to the deaths of more than 45,000 people in the UK and 685,000 worldwide. Pictured: Shoppers wearing face coverings in London

'While some people become seriously ill, and a few die, most shrug it off.'

Professor Dingwall, who previously accused the government of 'terrorising' the UK population with its coronavirus message, also took aim at government scientists in his column.   

Describing them as a 'narrow minded scientific elite', he hit out at the government's lockdown laws, saying they risked 'eradicating' the country's industry, as well as liberty and privacy.

Professor Dingwall was one of the scientists who called for the government to change its two metre-social distancing rules earlier this year in a bid to get the economy moving again. 

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph

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