Bill Gates recently spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the coronavirus pandemic. During the interview, he made a prediction about a topic many people are wondering about — when will this crisis end?
As people practice social distancing and many state and local governments are requiring people to stay home as much as possible, the obvious question is how long these precautions will last. Could Bill Gates know the answer?
Bill Gates Predicts End Of Coronavirus
Bill Gates emphasized that it’s important to continue taking precautions even in states with fewer confirmed cases, as the virus spreads exponentially. “The sooner you engage in the shutdown, the easier it is to get to that peak,” he said.
When will that peak happen? “The parts of the country that aren’t shut down, in late April we’ll start to see the numbers peak there,” Gates said. “They’ll still be too high to open up, so you’ll probably have to go another month to really get those numbers down.”
That led Dr. Sanjay Gupta to ask Gates if he can predict how this will end. Gates acknowledged that it’s more difficult to isolate in poorer countries. “By summer, I think the rich countries that have been competently led on this will not have to go back into shutdown,” he explained, adding that developing countries will still have “a challenge.”
Gates also emphasized that “the whole country has to be in this together,” rather than going state-by-state because people are still crossing state lines. He also made sure to explain that things can only start opening up once the numbers have started going down, which they aren’t.
Did Bill Gates Predict The Coronavirus?
In 2015, Bill Gates warned of the possibility of future outbreaks. “We can have a virus where people feel well enough to get on a plane or go to a market,” he explained. That certainly sounds like the coronavirus, doesn’t it?
Bill Gates isn’t just talking about coronavirus — he’s also doing his part to fight it. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $100 million to fight the outbreak, with a large portion going toward vaccine development.
Gates is also funding a project to develop at-home testing for people in the Seattle area. He recently teamed up with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to donate $25 million each toward research on possible treatments.