Hodkinson's comments were made during a discussion involving the Community and Public Services Committee and the clip was subsequently uploaded to YouTube.
Noting that he was also an expert in virology, Hodkinson pointed out that his role as CEO of a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests means, "I might know a little bit about all this."
"There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it's outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public," said Hodkinson.
The doctor said that nothing could be done to stop the spread of the virus besides protecting older more vulnerable people and that the whole situation represented "politics playing medicine, and that's a very dangerous game."
Hodkinson remarked that "social distancing is useless because COVID is spread by aerosols which travel 30 meters or so before landing," as he called for society to be re-opened immediately to prevent the debilitating damage being caused by lockdowns.
Hodkinson also slammed mandatory mask mandates as completely pointless.
"Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever," he said.
"Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signalling. They're not even worn effectively most of the time. It's utterly ridiculous. Seeing these unfortunate, uneducated people – I'm not saying that in a pejorative sense – seeing these people walking around like lemmings obeying without any knowledge base to put the mask on their face."