“In 2015, I urged world leaders in a TED talk to prepare for a pandemic the same way they prepare for war—by running simulations to find the cracks in the system. As we’ve seen this year, we have a long way to go. But I still believe that if we make the right decisions now, informed by science, data, and experience of medical professionals, we can save lives and get the country back to work.” – Bill Gates
The quote above was taken from Bill Gates’ blog. He posted the thoughtful article (link above) yesterday, once again offering the world advice; it is titled, ‘What our leaders can do now.’ Gates strongly suggests the following three steps are needed, and needed now:
- We need a consistent nationwide approach to shutting down
- The federal government needs to step up on testing
- We need a data-based approach to developing treatment and a vaccine
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation has been working to slow the outbreak for several months. To date, they have invested $105 million in efforts to create new therapeutics, expand access to testing, and limit the virus’s impact in Seattle.
As the world continues navigating through this difficult time together, Gates’ message of advice, hope, and practical steps forward are all appreciated.