Bill Gates, who last week announced his resignation from Microsoft’s board of directors to devote more time to philanthropy, told Reddit users Wednesday that closing the coronavirus could last up to 10 weeks, if things go well.
“If a country does a good job with testing and ‘closing’, then within 6-10 weeks they should see very few cases and be able to reopen,” he says.
Gates, whose foundation has committed up to $100 million to help with the global response to COVID-19, used the Ask Me Anything event to give their opinion on issues such as social estrangement, vaccines and economic consequences.
What concerns you most:
“I am concerned about all economic damage, but even worse will be how this will affect developing countries that cannot do social estrangement in the same way as rich countries and whose hospital capacity is much less.”
What people can do to help:
“A great thing is to follow the ‘close’ approach in your community so that the infection rate drops dramatically, so that we can get back to normal as soon as possible. We need to stay calm even though this is an unprecedented situation.”
Potential use of chloroquine:
“There are a lot of therapeutic drugs under study. This is one of many, but it’s not proven. If it works, we’ll have to make sure that finite supplies are saved for the patients who need it most.”
About when we can see a vaccine:
“The first vaccines we receive will go to health workers and critical workers. This could happen within 18 months if all goes well, but we and [el miembro del grupo de trabajo sobre el coronavirus Anthony] Fauci and others are being careful not to promise it when we’re not sure. The work is going full throttle.”
About when the economy will recover:
“The economic impact of ‘closing’ will be great, but if it is done right (including the piece of proof I continue to mention), we can eventually reopen.”