It seems that most celebrities and journalists appear to be taking the coronavirus outbreak opportunity to attack the President.
Now, it appears that Bill Gates may be joining those ranks.
In an interview with TED, Gates said that was “irresponsible” of Trump to suggest that things could begin returning to normal by Easter. Gates would rather see the U.S. go through an “extreme” shutdown for the next 6-8 weeks before anyone talks of going back to normal.
Take a look at what’s being said:
Also, take a look at Bill Gates's interview on TED:
People like Bill Gates seem to believe that President Trump doesn't understand the gravity of the situation. This, however, contradicts what the President himself has said.
In a press conference, Trump stated that he won't make any "rash" decisions when the time comes to start returning the economy to a normal pace.
You can watch the President's comments below:
Yahoo Finance had this to report on Gates's interview:
Philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates believes that America needs six to 10 weeks of “extreme shutdown” of regular life to get a handle on the new coronavirus outbreak (or COVID-19), contradicting comments from President Trump.<p content='“It’s very irresponsible for somebody to suggest we can have the best of both worlds,” the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview with TED on Tuesday. “What we need is an extreme shutdown so that in six to 10 weeks, if things go well, then you can start opening back up.”' data-reactid="17" type="text">“It’s very irresponsible for somebody to suggest we can have the best of both worlds,” the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview with TED on Tuesday. “What we need is an extreme shutdown so that in six to 10 weeks, if things go well, then you can start opening back up.”
Gates noted that while isolation in populated areas — along with widespread testing — is difficult and “disastrous” for the economy, “the sooner you do it in a tough way, the sooner you can undo it.”
President Donald Trump recently argued that restrictions should be loosened by Easter Sunday, April 12, with healthy people returning to work while people who are sick remain isolated.
“The expression ‘We can do two things at one time,’ ... and that includes not just economics, that also includes life and death,” Trump said. “We have to keep it that way.”<p content='The U.S. stock market and economy have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. And the financial situation is becoming increasingly problematic for millions of Americans as unemployment claims rose to an historic 3.2 million for the week that ended March 21.' data-reactid="41" type="text">The U.S. stock market and economy have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. And the financial situation is becoming increasingly problematic for millions of Americans as unemployment claims rose to an historic 3.2 million for the week that ended March 21.
Trump asserted that the U.S. “wasn’t built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this,” adding: “America will again and soon be open for business. Very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting.”
CNBC elaborated on what Gates said he would do if he were president:
If Bill Gates were President of the United States right now, he would prioritize keeping people across America in isolation to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” Bill Gates told TED curator Chris Anderson on Tuesday. “In the Chinese case, it was like six weeks, so we have to prepare ourselves for that and do it very well.”
According to Gates, “If you’re doing isolation well [nationally], within about 20 days you’ll see those numbers [of new cases] really change,” i.e., go down, ”…and that is a sign that you’re on your way.”
As president, Gates would also emphasize, “This is not going to be easy. We need a clear message about that,” he said.
Currently, at least 179 million people in 18 states, 31 counties and 13 cities are being urged to stay home, according to a running tally by the New York Times.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of new cases in the United States has still been trending higher. By comparison, “the curve” has generally flattened in China and South Korea, as the chart, below, shows.
In his role as the co-founder of his namesake Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has significant experience combating infectious diseases including malaria, HIV and polio.
Gates’ comments come as President Donald Trump announced he would like businesses in America to reopen by Easter, which is April 12.
“America will again, and soon, be open for business — very soon — a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting,” Trump said in a press briefing on Monday. “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. ... We can do two things at one time.”