U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday on Fox News’ “City Hall” that he wants the U.S. to reopen as soon as possible, that Americans can return to work before Easter and expect to see “churches full of people,” despite warnings from U.S. health officials that the country still faces a growing crisis over the virus,media BGR reported.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates expressed his views on Mr. Trump’s comments. Gates explained on Tuesday’s Episode TED Connect that Trump’s response to the new coronavirus was errat. “It’s hard to say to people, ‘Hey, go on to restaurants, buy new homes, ignore the piles of bodies around the corner, and we want you to keep spending money because some politicians think GDP growth is the key.’ It’s hard to tell people in an epidemic… They should do something that they know their activities are spreading disease. “
Mr Gates also acknowledged that blocking much of the US would be a “catastrophic” blow to the economy. However, given the lethality of the COVID-19 virus, “there is virtually no middle ground”, he reiterated his belief that insisting that a six to 10-week blockade should be enough to stop the spread of the virus in the community, which would allow the health care system to respond to a large number of infected patients.
That’s the same time frame Gates gave at a recent Reddit AMA meeting, during which he urged people to “stay calm” even if “this is unprecedented.” In a new statement Tuesday, Gates said the U.S. has missed the best opportunity to avoid a blockade, and the only way to do that is to stop the hype and really engage in a broad-based blockade. Gates believes it will take just over a month to get back to normal.
“We’re not moving fast enough, and a blockade is inevitable,” Mr Gates said. Gates added that the virus was discovered in China at the end of 2019, and U.S. officials had warned earlier. “Everyone should be noticed in January. “
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 55,000 new crown-confirmed cases in the United States, and nearly 800 people have died from the disease so far.