Bill Gates Believes After Omicron, COVID-19 Can Be 'Treated Like Seasonal Flu'
"Once Omicron goes through a country then the rest of the year should see far fewer cases so COVID can be treated more like seasonal flu," said Gates.
As countries experience their Omicron wave health systems will be challenged. Most of the severe cases will be unvaccinated people. Once Omicron goes through a country then the rest of the year should see far fewer cases so Covid can be treated more like seasonal flu.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
The vaccines we have prevent severe disease and death very well but they are missing two key things.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
First they still allow infections ("breakthrough") and the duration appears to be limited.
We need vaccines that prevent re-infection and have many years of duration.#
A more transmissive variant is not likely but we have been surprised a lot during this pandemic. Omicron will create a lot of immunity at least for the next year. @trvrb tracks the genetics really well. We may have to take yearly shots for Covid for some time.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
The data is pretty strong that it came from another species which is true for most pandemics. People will continue to speculate on this and we should make sure labs are careful. There will be future outbreaks coming from other species so we need to invest in being ready. #— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
People like you and I and Tony Fauci have been subject to a lot of misinformation. I didn't expect that. Some of it like me putting chips in arms doesn't make sense to me - why would I want to do that?#— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
Trusted authorities like @WHO and @CDCgov need more resources to see the pandemic early (surveillance) and to communicate better. Social media got behind on trying to get factual information out - there will be a lot of debate about how to do better on that...— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 11, 2022
If there’s good news here, it’s that omicron moves so quickly that once it becomes dominant in a country, the wave there should last less than 3 months. Those few months could be bad, but I still believe if we take the right steps, the pandemic can be over in 2022.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) December 21, 2021