The billionaire believes that the current devastating consequences of COVID-19 in the world could have been avoided
The main mistake of Western countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is the delay in diagnosing and isolating the sick.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates said this in an interview with the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
He recalled that he was one of those who warned that вЂњfor a small price, you can prepare and avoid the problem.вЂќ One of his recommendations вЂ” to be able to diagnose patients as soon as possible-was ignored.
вЂњPCR technology allows for a very accurate test, and if enough people are tested early in the epidemic and those who test positive are quarantined, then the exponential growth that led to such a widespread lockdown can be avoided,вЂќ Gates said.
He notes that some countries that are now fairly successful at containing COVID-19 вЂ” such as Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand-have followed his advice, but most of Europe, South America, and the United States have not.
вЂњWe paid a huge price for this,вЂќ the billionaire added.
The second mistake of Western governments, Bill Gates believes, is that they turned to the wrong experts for help.
вЂњEven when the epidemic hit, we still had a chance вЂ” if world leaders had prepared for it in advance, or at least turned to the right scientists who would have said: watch the number of tests and watch the isolation! вЂњThen countries could do much better,вЂќ Gates said.
Earlier, he suggested how the world should deal with the next pandemic.
We also wrote that the global pandemic did not prevent Bill Gates from getting rich by $11 billion.