US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — A coronavirus pandemic is a “nightmare scenario”, but the number of deaths from this disease may not be as high as some predicted, including President Donald Trump, said former Microsoft CEO and co-founder Bill Gates.
Trump last week predicted that mortality from coronavirus infection COVID-19 would increase in the US. Before the pandemic is brought under control, the number of deaths from 100 thousand to 240 thousand is predicted.
“If we take social distancing properly, we can get out of this situation with far fewer deaths,” Bill Gates said in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News on Sunday. He said that it’s “very important” that people understand the seriousness of the situation.
As of Sunday, at least 312,245 cases were confirmed in the United States, including more than 8,500 deaths, more than 1.2 million cases and at least 65,711 deaths were recorded worldwide.
Gates, who resigned from Microsoft last month to focus on his charitable activities, said that if people continue to practice safe social distance and remain in quarantine, cases should begin to level off by the end of this month.
The billionaire predicted that everything would not return to normal, until there was a vaccine. Bill Gates recently announced that his charity fund is funding the creation of several candidates for coronavirus vaccines.
At the same time, Gates noted that ultimately one or two vaccines will be selected. The former head of Microsoft is convinced that the simultaneous testing of vaccines and the construction of factories are important to accelerate development. Gates believes that all this can take about a year and a half.
While the coronavirus pandemic is “super, super bad,” Gates said this is not “the worst case.” He referred to the low mortality of COVID-19 compared with a disease such as smallpox.
Gates said earlier that the United States missed its chance to avoid quarantine because it did not respond quickly enough to the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2015, Gates warned that diseases could cause millions of deaths more likely than wars. Since then, he said, only 5% of what was supposed to be done was done to address a situation such as a coronavirus pandemic or similar cases.
“It’s hard to invest in something that you don’t know whether it will happen,” he said. “I’m sure that after such a gigantic impact [of the coronavirus – Ed.], We will invest in this.”
Last year, during a similar Q&A session at Reddit, Gates was asked to name the main threat to humanity. He pointed out major unlikely incidents, including a pandemic. Gates remembered the Spanish flu epidemic, which was most likely the most massive flu pandemic in human history, both in terms of the number of people infected and the number of deaths.
Earlier, Gates said that in order to effectively combat COVID-19 in the United States, quarantine for up to 10 weeks and testing are needed. Bill Gates said that in this case there will be very few cases of the disease and the United States will have the opportunity to re-open to the world.
At the end of January, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it would donate $ 10 million to the fight against coronavirus, and a few days later increased this amount to $ 100 million.
The fund’s statement said that up to $ 20 million will be spent on identifying, isolating and caring for the sick, and another $ 20 million will be sent to health authorities in Asia and Africa to develop emergency care centers and take disease surveillance measures. The remaining $ 60 million will be spent on creating a vaccine.
Microsoft co-founder said that with the right actions, including testing and social distance for 2-3 months, developed countries should avoid high levels of infection.
Gates believes that economic damage will be greater in developing countries, where the capacity of hospitals is much lower, and social distance is as effective as in developed countries. In response to a question about what Americans can do to help other people in the country, Bill Gates urged only to remain calm, despite the circumstances.
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