Billionaire globalist Bill Gates recently partook in an “ask me anything” session on Reddit, where users were free to ask him anything he would do his best to respond.
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Of course most of the conversation centered around the coronavirus, and the tech magnate is now all of a sudden some kind of medical and sociology expert.
During this AMA session, Gates suggested that we may need to lock down, or “shut down” as he prefers to call it, needs to last upwards of 10 weeks, and there are many references to it lasting as long as 3 months, or even 18 months until vaccines come out.
Some people are trying to newspeak the lockdowns by calling it a “suppression strategy.”
Essentially, it says that by doing nothing, 4 million Americans die. Through the mitigation strategy – i.e. social distancing and “flattening the curve” – it says that 1.1-2 million Americans will die. However, it also says that the suppression strategy, or “shutting everything down for 18 months” – will lead to only a few thousand people dying.
Do you agree with these numbers, and if so, is there any excuse for not immediately issuing a shelter in place order for the entire country?
Answer: Fortunately it appears the parameters used in that model were too negative. The experience in China is the most critical data we have. They did their “shut down” and were able to reduce the number of cases. They are testing widely so they see rebounds immediately and so far there have not been a lot. They avoided widespread infection. The Imperial model does not match this experience. Models are only as good as the assumptions put into them. People are working on models that match what we are seeing more closely and they will become a key tool. A group called Institute for Disease Modeling that I fund is one of the groups working with others on this.
Question: What about the current crisis worries you the most? What gives you the most hope?
Answer: The current phase has a lot of the cases in rich countries. With the right actions including the testing and social distancing (which I call “shut down”) within 2-3 months the rich countries should have avoided high levels of infection. I worry about all the economic damage but even worse will be how this will affect the developing countries who cannot do the social distancing the same way as rich countries and whose hospital capacity is much lower.
Question: Do you think there’s any chance of the US doing a staggered approach (with respect to social distancing measures and school closings) to keep the load at health care facilities manageable? I saw this idea presented in the recent paper from Imperial College and I’m curious what your thoughts are.
Answer: I think people in the US will be able to largely isolate for 2-3 months. If they can access testing including a home test kit then they will understand who is infected. I keep saying how important the testing piece is.
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It’s easy for Bill Gates, who recently became a centibillionaire, to shelter in place in his giant mansions, tennis courts, pools, and acreage. The rest of us peasants? Not so much. But Gates has no idea what it’s like to live as a normal person. Some people brought this up, that the lives lost from an economic catastrophe would be more than those lost by the Covid 19 pandemic, such as this comment:
There is a wide misconception about the feasibility of storing months worth of food while living paycheck to paycheck.
Not to mention, now your employer is closed due to the coronavirus.
The recession will inevitably be more damaging to the America Worker than the coronavirus itself.
This was the first thing I thought of. He’s dodging questions left and right in this thread about supporting people/causes financially and keeps repeating the same shit; just stay in your house anywhere from 2-6 months. Lmfao. Yeah Okay Bill. So easy.
Several people also asked him about the Event 201 pandemic simulation that the Gates foundation helped to organize last fall, and Gates never addressed those questions.
Gates also took part in a video chat as part of TED Connects, and at around the 16:25 mark they start to talk about how people will have to be isolated for upwards of a year: