How we must respond to the COVID-19 pandemic | Bill Gates

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Philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates offers insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers.)

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21 COMMENTS

  1. "In January, ….the alarm bells were ringing…." Terrible that this poor excuse for a human or president downplayed the seriousness of it. After all, isn't he supposed to be in touch with the rest of the world?? Tragic and disgusting.

  2. this is a very fragile strategy. we need a stronger strategy that is more robust. if a disaster hits were done right now

  3. automated masks generator, that would be helpfull…. or just a basic stockpile of masks. a5 billions of them, for th wohle world, where its needed.

  4. In these unprecedented, uncertain times it’s important to keep our spirits up.

    Lock down

    Yes there is fear.
    Yes there is isolation.
    Yes there is panic buying.
    Yes there is sickness.
    Yes there is even death.
    But,
    They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
    You can hear the birds again.
    They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
    The sky is no longer thick with fumes, but blue and grey and clear.
    They say that in the streets of Assisi in Italy people are singing to each other across the empty squares – keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.
    They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
    Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
    Today a young woman I know
    is busy spreading fliers with her number on them
    throughout the neighborhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.
    Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
    are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick & the weary
    All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
    All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way.
    All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
    To how big we really are.
    To how little control we really have.
    To what really matters.
    To Love.

    So we pray and we remember that
    Yes there is fear.
    But there does not have to be hate.
    Yes there is isolation.
    But there does not have to be loneliness.
    Yes there is panic buying.
    But there does not have to be meanness.
    Yes there is sickness.
    But there does not have to be disease of the soul
    Yes there is even death.
    But there can always be a rebirth of love.

    Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
    Today, breathe.
    The birds are singing again
    The sky is clearing,

    And we are always encompassed by Love.
    Open the windows of your soul
    And though you may not be able
    to touch across the empty square,
    Sing.

  5. Money has no value when we don’t have people around us. All his solutions are spot on.
    I wonder why visionaries like Gates won’t lead us.

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