Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates have commented on CNN, giving many views on the Covid-19 pandemic in the US – currently the largest outbreak globally.
Bill Gates has warned of the risk of a pandemic outbreak years ago. In 2015, he said that humankind’s biggest threat is not nuclear war but a pandemic in the TED Talk.
Since then, Gates has called for more significant investment in disease prevention, including making vaccines, improving diagnostics, and adaptive training in the simulator – but “not much has been done”.
Bill Gates shared his thoughts on the Covid-19 epidemic in the US on CNN.
Now that the Covid-19 epidemic has spread globally, causing more than half a million people sick and at least 23,970 deaths, Bill Gates calls it a “nightmare scenario”.
Remarkably, the United States has become the largest epidemic worldwide, with nearly 84,000 people infected and more than 1,200 deaths. Bill Gates also said that many other countries could better fight the epidemic than the world’s No. 1 power, such as the Asian countries that experienced the SARS in 2003. They “respond best to this epidemic, because the government acted when the number of people infected with the virus was very, very small, “Gates said.
On the contrary, he argued that the US reaction was slow and chaotic. The United States may have a better status quo if “we act a bit like the countries doing the best in this disease”.
According to Bill Gates, the United States has not reached the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic, and the number of infections has increased.
And yet, Gates warned the US had not reached its peak. A series of states are still recording new cases of continuous increases. Therefore, the billionaire called for more robust blockade measures to prevent the virus from spreading and causing more victims to die. “”Basically, the whole United States needs to do the same thing as some places in China.””
“It is excruciating to have to go to this level of social isolation. I call it decommissioning. But until we are sure the number of new cases is no longer increasing, I suspect “I wonder if anyone still wants to buy a house, buy a car or go to a restaurant. Now all they want is to protect the elderly.”
Desolate landscape in New York and Los Angeles after home shelter orders
Returning to everyday life in April is “unrealistic” for Americans, Bill Gates warned. As for the schools, he thought that it would be closed until the next school year. “There is still no light at the end of the tunnel when talking about reopening in mid-April,” – the billionaire said.
(According to CNN)