In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, American billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates has suggested when the world could return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the founder of Microsoft, it will take one to two years for society to fully overcome all the consequences of the spread of SARS-CoV-2. For get out of the first stage of the pandemic, an activity system needs to be built that eliminates the risk of a return to the exponential phase of infection progression, Gates said.
The businessman stressed that with testing and monitoring systems, governments will be able to quickly identify the critical points of viruses and keep them under control. Furthermore, he said that the average lifestyle and behavior will change dramatically due to the fear of citizens to contract the disease.
“Even the decisions of the authorities they will not return them to the stadiums until it is proven that treatment or vaccination can prevent death, “said Gates.
The main step towards a return to normal life will be the development of extremely effective treatment methods or a vaccinesaid the philanthropist, recalling that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is involved in that process.
He also expressed hope that the United States will join a global initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), aimed at accelerating the development of technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of covid-19, criticizing the decision of President Donald Trump to stop contributing to the organization.