In what is being hailed as good news, Bill Gates, philanthropist and the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, has said that the death rate by coronavirus may not be as bad as predicted by scientists.
Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci talked on the coronavirus and its grip on America on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. Data scientists and epidemiologists have predicted the virus to affect millions of people across the globe.
“If we get the testing fixed, we get all 50 states involved, we’ll be below that.”
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Bill Gates had earlier predicted the pandemic in 2015. During the Ebola crisis, Bill Gates mentioned in a TED Talk that the world was unprepared of the next epidemic.
Bill Gates had warned:
“If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war – not missiles, but microbes. Part of the reason is we have invested a huge amount in nuclear deterrents, but we’ve invested very little in a system to stop an epidemic.”
Gates believes that if people opt for self-isolation, the death rate estimates would decrease drastically and will be fewer than what is estimated by scientists. According to him, the best policy to stop the virus is to go for national lockdown. Right now the virus is attacking with full power but everything is in the shadow until or unless a vaccine is developed.
By April 5, 2020, over 1.3 million cases have been reported globally with over 72,000 deaths. In the US alone, total number of infected people has crossed 350,000 with over 10,300 deaths. According to President Trump’s health team, the death toll could rise to 200,000-300,000 in the next two months. Gates, on the other hand, believes that if we arrange testing kits equally in all states, the mortality can be controlled even though the economic downfall is inevitable.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has said that the next two or more weeks could bring out the worst as the load on health care centers will increase tremendously.
Dr. Fauci added:
This is going to be a bad week, things are going to get worse and we need to be prepared for that. It is going to be shocking to some. Within a week or slightly more, the U.S. coronavirus curve should start to flatten.
The U.S. has the most number of persons infected by coronavirus in the world right now. The U.S. still lacks an ‘all-hands-on-deck approach’, according to Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on CBS. He also believes that America needs to work for the day when we will have decreased finances and loads of people will be jobless.
Bill and Malinda Gates foundation is working with Amazon Care for the development of home test kits for the coronavirus. Amazon Care is a health care clinic that’s open on a pilot basis to Seattle-area Amazon employees and their families. The foundation will provide up to $100 million to improve detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations in Africa and South Asia; and accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics.
According to epidemiologists, once people with the virus get diagnosed, they can be isolated and treated well.