Bill Gates Predicts the Outcome of Coronavirus

Original article can be found here (source): Artificial Intelligence on Medium

Bill Gates Predicts the Outcome of Coronavirus

Although there were positive words from Bill Gates about using technology to confront the world’s most significant issues, there was a difference in one of his latest discussions about the coronavirus.

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For several years, Gates warned the population of an outbreak that would end in 10 million deaths. Gates warned, “This could be that once-in-a-century pandemic.” During his keynote address at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle, Gates labeled the result of the pandemic as “very, very dramatic and potentially a very bad situation.”

However, Bill Gates also believes that there may be hope in editing genes and artificial intelligence (AI). Gates explained, “This is a huge challenge. We’ve always known that the potential for either a naturally caused or intentionally caused pandemic is one of the few things that could disrupt health systems, economies and cause more than 10 million excess deaths.”

He believes a potential shield against such diseases is enhancements in molecular diagnostic tools. He stated, “We’re on the cusp, in science, of being able to make good tools to do the diagnosis, provide vaccines to provide therapeutics including antivirals.”

The Bill Gates Foundation provided $100 million to fight the coronavirus. He explained, “Our foundation is very engaged in terms of the relationships we have with governments and the private sector to orchestrate and provide resources and hopefully contain this epidemic.”

Gates pointed out that one of the most substantial issues is the contagiousness of the coronavirus as soon as it begins, which affects the general public. The coronavirus is different than Ebola because it was more threatening to healthcare professionals who cared for the ill. Gates asked, “Will this get into Africa or not, and if so, will those health systems get overwhelmed?” He also pointed out, “This disease, if it’s in Africa, is more dramatic than if it’s in China. I’m not trying to minimize what’s going on in China in any way.”

The chair of the AAAS board of directors, Margaret Hamburg, recalled Ebola and SARS, and the pattern of “crisis, concern, and then complacency,” that frequently results. Hamburg inquired what must get done to take such precautions. Gates pointed to price reductions and enhancements in molecular diagnostic tools. He replied, “Certainly, the good news is that just the plain old horizontal advances in how we make these tools will help us. We have a plan to get those machines fairly pervasive in developing countries.” Gates mentioned the progress of the Gates Foundation and those who work with them. He added, “Within a decade, the world will be better off due to greater capacity for diagnostics. The ability to create new vaccines should help, as well. There’s been a huge under-investment in therapeutics, particularly antivirals.”

A Positive Note

Gates stated that he feels China could “step up” after the outbreak ends. “Hopefully,” he noted, “that’s not too long from now.”