“If we do the social distancing correctly, we should be able to get away with death figures well below. “
co-founder Bill Gates referring to projections that the United States could ultimately see between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
“If we had kept working, traveling like us, this curve would never bend until the majority of people were infected,” Gates said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, adding that although it or a “nightmare” scenario ”, social distancing should lead to a stabilization of infections by the end of April.
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Regarding a second wave, Gates said, yes, a stopped coronavirus pandemic may very well return in the fall, but by then we will be better prepared for treatments and a vaccine will not be too far behind .
“Some jobs will resume, school will partially resume, but we will have to be very, very careful not to have the rebound until the vaccine arrives,” he added.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Last week, Gates, in a Washington Post editorial, urged the government to impose a national halt, warning that the fact that some states are not taking this step is problematic.
“Despite pressing requests from public health experts, some states and counties have not completely closed down,” he said. “In some states, the beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals. This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state borders, so can the virus. “
There are now 1.22 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and 65,884 deaths worldwide, according to the latest count from Johns Hopkins University. The United States continues to have the highest number of cases with 312,249, with 8,503 deaths. New York State remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.