‘As co-founder and ex-CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates is famous for being one of the world’s richest people, but he is also known for his philanthropic activities, specifically funding the work towards eradicating deadly diseases.
As a result, he has become a leading spokesman for disease control and eradication, and has talked before at length about the risks our world faces should there be a new disease outbreak as we are seeing now with Covid-19.
During a digital TED Talk with host Chris Anderson on 25 March, Gates was asked what he would if he were president and tasked with leading country through the worst pandemic the world has seen in over 100 years.
Gates said that his top priority would be to keep people across America indoors to ‘flatten the curve’ of the coronavirus pandemic; in other words, slowing down the rate at which the virus is spreading.
‘The clear message [would be] that we have no choice to maintain this isolation and that’s going to keep going for a period of time,’ Gates said. ‘In the Chinese case, it was like six weeks, so we have to prepare ourselves for that and do it very well.’
‘If you’re [a country] doing isolation well, within about 20 days you’ll see those numbers [of new cases] really change [go down] and that is a sign that you’re on your way.’
Gates says that he would emphasize that to do this is not going to be easy, and ensure that such message is loud and clear for everyone to appreciate.
In a previous TED Talk in 2015, Gates had warned of the impact a global pandemic could have on today’s globalized society where people can quite freely travel across the globe.’