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Bill Gates warns six to 10 weeks of total isolation ‘is the best case scenario’ for the U.S. and says you can’t ‘ignore the pile of bodies in the corner’ and return to normal

  • Microsoft founder said there ‘really is no middle ground’ in stopping the virus
  • But he acknowledged shutdowns will be ‘disastrous’ for the economy
  • ‘It’s very tough to say to people, “Hey keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner”, Gates said Tuesday 
  • He said the US ‘did not act fast enough to have an ability to avoid the shutdown’ 
  • President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the United States will be reopened by Easter contradicting the warnings of some public health officials 
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Bill Gates on Tuesday said that six to ten weeks of total isolation is the best case scenario for the United States, warning you cannot return to normal too soon and ‘then ignore the pile of bodies in the corner’.

The Microsoft founder said in a virtual Ted interview there ‘really is no middle ground’ when it comes to stopping the spread of coronavirus while acknowledging shutdowns will be ‘disastrous’ for the economy.

He warned: ‘It’s very tough to say to people, “Hey keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner, we want you to keep spending because there’s some politician that thinks GDP growth is what counts”.

‘It’s hard to tell people during an epidemic that they should go about things knowing their activity is spreading this disease.’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the United States will be reopened by Easter contradicting the warnings of some public health officials.

Health experts have made clear that unless Americans continue to dramatically limit social interaction — staying home from work and isolating themselves — the number of infections will overwhelm the health care system, as it has in parts of Italy, leading to many more deaths.

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