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Bill Gates: When Omicron passes, Covid will be like a seasonal flu

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There Omicron variant Covid is expanding around the world at a record pace, but there is some who see hope on the horizon as Bill Gates. And not just anybody because we’re talking about Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, one of the richest men in the world who today is a famous philanthropist and invests together with the Foundation created with his ex-wife Melinda also in health research and vaccines.

Bill Gates, his predictions on Omicron

“Once the current wave subsides, countries can expect to see”much fewer cases“In the rest of the year 2022” so he wrote Bill Gates during a Twitter Q&A with You have to Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh. “Once that happens, Gates continued,” Covid can most likely “be treated more like seasonal flu.”

The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist, a strong public health advocate who regularly intervenes in the response to the Covid pandemic, is not the first to make similar predictions. Some experts say that the rapid spread of Omicron, although certainly dangerous, infecting many people, could lead us to reach the so-called “natural immunity”Thus helping to drive the Covid pandemic into a much less severe“ endemic ”phase.

Gates talked about this scenario in his Twitter Q&A, predicting that “Omicron will create a lot of immunity, at least for next year”. Timing is important: if a large part of the population can maintain a certain level of simultaneous immunity against Covid, whether vaccine-induced or otherwise, the circulation of the virus could slow long enough for the pandemic to move into endemic phase.
Once Covid becomes endemicGates added, “we may have to have annual Covid injections for some time” a bit like annual flu shots.

Gates’ relatively optimistic outlook could also be disappointed from a new variant of Covid that emerges in the wake of Omicron, especially if it is more serious or transmissible of any other variant until today.
The billionaire wrote that the scenario is perhaps unlikely – but certainly not impossible. “A more transmissive variant is not likely,” Gates said on Twitter, “but we were very surprised during this pandemic.”

Once it has become endemic, Covid will not affect our daily life as Gates himself pointed out recently. Endemic diseases are always around in some parts of the world, but they tend to cause milder illnesses because more people have immunity from past infections or vaccinations.
You may have a cough and a cold, but if you are up to date with your vaccinations, you will be protected enough to avoid serious illness or even hospitalization. Like other respiratory viruses, there will be times of the year when Covid infections peak – most likely the coldest autumn and winter months, meaning Covid and flu seasons may regularly coincide in the future.
If the virus becomes more seasonal like the flu, wearing a mask may become the norm in crowded places, as well as on means of transport and potentially even in offices as pointed out by Shaun Truelove, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Other family prevention strategies, such as wash your hands regularly And assembly prohibitions in high-risk environments, they may even remain in effect.

How are the infections in the US

Meanwhile, the United States reported a record 1.5 million new Covid cases on Monday, while it also recorded a new record of hospitalizations. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president Joe Biden, predicted that the current spate of omicron cases will peak in the United States by the end of January. And last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it expects a “precipitous decline” in cases once omicron is over.

“Omicron, with its unprecedented degree of transmissibility, will eventually find everyone. The vaccinated and those on the third dose will be exposed “to the variant and many of them” will probably be infected but, most likely, will not end up in hospital and will not die. “

Like this Maw while according to the WHO “over 50% of the population of the European Region will be infected” by the new variant “in the next 6-8 weeks”.

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