The Financial Times story was quickly recirculated by the UK, with each story echoing the positive narrative herd immunity could soon occur.
However, other experts in the scientific community believe the story’s publication was premature.
The Oxford study has yet to be published in a scientific journal or scrutinised by other scientists yet.
In addition, the study offers only a set of hypothetical situations unsupported by real-world data about the possible extent of coronavirus transmission in the UK.
Dr Tim Colbourn, an epidemiologist at University College London’s Institute for Global Health, said: “It’s a little concerning that they’ve taken it straight to the media.