The multi-billionaire and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, on his official Twitter account answered the President of Global Health at the University of Edinburgh – Devi Sridhar, when asked how and when the coronavirus pandemic will end.
As countries experience their waves on the omicron strain, their health systems will face a new challenge. Most of the severe cases will be unvaccinated people. Once omicron crosses the country once, there should be far fewer cases for the rest of the year, so Covid-19 could be treated more as a seasonal flu, Gates thinks.
As countries experience their Omicron wave health systems will be challenged. Most of the severe cases will be unvaccinated people. Once Omicron goes through a country then the rest of the year should see far fewer cases so Covid can be treated more like seasonal flu.
– Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
Gates’ statement echoed the sentiment of US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, who said last week that the omicron strain of the coronavirus would “reach almost anyone” and that between the natural immunity generated by infection and infection with Covid-19 and the very high rate of vaccinated and all available drugs to treat the most severe cases of Covid-19, the United States may be on the verge of transitioning from pandemic to endemic.