Bill Gates predicts when Spain will return to normal after the coronavirus (and you may not like it)
Bill Gates has granted an interview and among all the clubs he has touched, he has set a date for the beginning of normality in Spain after the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t like the date, neither we nor anyone else, but realistically, it’s not as bad as it could be …
The founder of Microsoft has published a new book called How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Based on this new publication, it deals with different topics and the most obvious is the coronavirus pandemic.
Bill Gates is used to making predictions of certain situations and almost always is right or, failing that, is very close. Throughout the interview, he has given some opinions and has dared to date the end of the pandemic in Spain and the return to normality, but for that to be fulfilled, first you have to take some steps.
The interviewer from El País He is going to do a shot and bluntly asks Bill Gates where he thinks we will be in 1 year. Gates says that by then we will have overcome the hardest part of the pandemic, but it does not rule out that the virus continues to swarm among us.
Additionally, founder Microsoft believes that the key is in be able to reduce the number of infections to zero, something that today seems impossible seeing the figures in Spain and in other countries …
Gates also does not dare to affirm or rule out whether the coronavirus will become an endemic disease and we will have to vaccinate ourselves globally on a continuous basis. This is one of the doubts that are most generated today, especially when talking about life after the vaccine.
Bill Gates comments that the ideal would be to ensure that the virus is not spread between humans, but despite the difficulties that arise in the challenge, he believes that everything will return to normal. That is, public events will return, stores will have their normal hours, hospitality will return, etc. But there is something mandatory for that to happen.
Gates believes that at least 70% of the population should be vaccinated, so that this idealized plan has a high probability of being fulfilled. The philanthropist and founder of Microsoft believes that this summer things will get better and better. 2022 will return to normal and even comments that next year there could already be great public events.
Among other issues related to the coronavirus, there has been talk of mutations or variants of the virus. Gates says that as mutations emerge, the vaccine may be changed to achieve greater efficacy.
He also adds that the vaccines we have now are very powerful and it is not being necessary to create variants, but that they are still investigating it. He also comments that the process takes about 3 months, between when the changes are made and the tests are carried out.
Another topic that has been discussed in the interview is climate change, and it is well known that Gates is very concerned and is even known to invest large amounts of money to find solutions. His idea is that we have around 3 decades to save the world, but that happens by reducing CO2 emissions to 0%.
He also acknowledges his mistake as a rich man, who travels by private plane and generates a large carbon footprint, although he says he is determined to reduce it as much as possible in his day to day life. In his statements he affirms that to reduce emissions to zero, the plan is not to drive less or reduce electricity consumption, but use a zero emission car and switch to clean energy that does not depend on the climate.
Another very interesting topic is nuclear energy, Gates does not support the use of this energy exclusively, but he does encourage the population to open their minds to the use of it through a new generation of reactors like the ones they are creating in TerraPower . It says that the energy to be produced is cheap and safe.
Bill talks about the miracle of managing to store energy and that is the missing link in the manufacture of energy with new techniques and a fundamental problem for years.
Bill Gates says that if energy can be stored it would not be necessary to carry out fission or fusion, which are dangerous processes in a nuclear power plant.
Regarding deniers and conspiracy theories, Bill Gates comments: The pandemic has generated a level of debate and conspiracy theories that I would never have imagined. As for social networks, it raises a crucial question: who will end up judging what is worth and what is not?
This question is in relation to the fake news that have emerged, and continue to arise in this pandemic. They are fake news created by the anti-vaccine movements and others. To which he has commented in the interview that What is the role of social networks in blocking certain types of speeches?
Bill Gates adds that it is a very complicated problem and that if you start by restricting that type of speech and conversation at the end, who says what is good and what is bad?