Bill Gates : ‘We underestimated the value of masks’
'It took a while to get that message out,” Gates said. “Some political leaders helped with that, some political leaders did not.”
Key Points“The number of things that in retrospect, could have been done better on this pandemic is very, very large,” Bill Gates told journalists in a conference call.Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization now recommend that people wear masks as a way to slow and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
"It took a while to get that message out,” Gates said. “Some political leaders helped with that, some political leaders did not.”In this screengrab, Bill Gates speaks during All In WA: A Concert For COVID-19 Relief on June 24, 2020 in Washington.
Getty ImagesThere are a slew of things the world could have done better in terms of tackling the coronavirus from the outset, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes, reflecting on the medical and societal response to the pandemic.And a big one remains a topic of controversy more than eight months after the virus first appeared: the use of face masks.
"The number of things that in retrospect, could have been done better on this pandemic is very, very large," Gates admitted while discussing the latest release of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's annual Goalkeepers Report last week, which measures progress made toward the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals.
"Even the medical community are understanding of the importance of masks. You know, it took us several months — most respiratory diseases are coughing diseases. They're not talking or singing diseases. And so we got that one wrong. We underestimated the value of masks."
Mask wearing is now mandatory in a number of countries, cities, businesses and public venues. But medical guidance was conflicted early on, with health authorities initially advising against wearing masks, questioning their efficacy and urging the public to leave them for frontline worker use amid a supply shortage. Now, inconsistent mask rules in states and cities and the refusal by large numbers of people, particularly in the U.S., to wear them is contributing to the continued coronavirus spread, many medical professionals say.
'It took awhile to get that message out'Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization now recommend that people wear masks as a way to slow the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 29.5 million people worldwide and killed at least 935,000 as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It can spread through respiratory droplets transmitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks.
VIDEO4:1904:19Covid-19 pandemic is a crisis that can only be solved with global solutions: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEOSquawk AlleyThe virus could come under control in the U.S., which is home to about a quarter of the world's cases and deaths, in one to two months if every American wore a mask, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in July.
But vacillation and skepticism from some political leaders from the get-go stalled progress that could have been made, Gates said."It took a while to get that message out," Gates said. "Some political leaders helped with that, some political leaders did not," he added without mentioning names.
President Donald Trump has largely avoided wearing a mask and has not required them at his campaign events. The U.S. president first wore a face mask in public in July, four months after the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, and has since called wearing them "patriotic."
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has also belittled masks, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson didn't wear one publicly until July. Johnson and Bolsonaro both tested positive for the coronavirus.Conspiracy theories: 'I hope the truth will get out'
Gates acknowledged the level of resistance in some communities to mask wearing as well as to being vaccinated, noting that that resistance, for some, is linked to conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and any resulting vaccines."We need to get people to understand that things like wearing masks not only help yourself, but help other people," Gates stressed. "We need to give people a clear sense of what's going on with the vaccine and the safety reviews so that as we get approval, people understand what's been done and we get a willingness to not only help themselves, but help other people by taking the vaccine."Read more: CNBC »
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It’s joke. his companion:Dr fauci and WHO downplayed the importance of masks for months while just watching most in Asia wore masks. Now make such jokes. Looks that someone was stupid then. No, they were much smarter by sacrificing others to benefit themselves Professing to be wise BillGates has become a fool. He's become so smart he wants to determine who propagates thru sterilization and abortion. Co2 is result of temp rise not major cause. Global warming is God's preview not Little 'g'gates.
Shouldn’t this story be flagged and took down as Bill Gates is not a scientist and it’s no fact driven by years of studies? Why is this clown even talking about these topics.. Asesino Gates Most America’s billionaires care for the others unlike most foreign rich people. Who is this guy?! What the heck does he know? People, stop listening to rich people as if they know it all! They aren’t gods!
Go to hill no one is taking your 💉 vaccinations. How a computer freak can talk on medical issues go back to your stupid computers that get effected by viruses all the time.. the worst software windows lol thanks I got apple my windows was always has viruses like corona same thing lol our incompetent potus
One day we will get past the pandemic despite the actions of the president, however because of his denials, it’s going to take much longer as the victims numbers mount. 'We'? I guess some of those non-believers in mask but we still have under-estimated power of heating pads. Bill gates ain't no Dr his got vested interests in this as you well know this is b.s
Except US, the rest of the world recognised there is a pandemic. We wear mask, social distance and observe personal hygiene. Only US is the laughingstock. How is Bill Gates a 'public health expert?' Didn't he drop out of college? How did he get his medical degree after that? If people have not figured out that coughing and sneezing propels droplets from your mouth containing the common cold, flu and now Covid viruses and you will catch it from others then they deserve now to get more sicker than ever. Gates didnt know this simple physics principle ?
MidweekChurchExpo Only the ANOINTING of The LORD can give mankind hope beyond the tomb. We have a Flat Earther baboon for a president, what do you expect. It's ok Bill, we still trust you completely due to your medical background and the fact you've never been wrong about anything else. You have our blind faith and devotion sir, just tell us what to do - attempt to mandate it if you have to 👍🏻
And overestimate the value of vaccines Thank you, Doctor Gates! 🥱 Suprise. Why do you post people who are on Epstein logs, almost daily? Can’t wait till msm gets their karma. Dr Fauci said masks are worthless! You must’ve earned your MD on ORGY ISLAND.... LOTS OF DISEASE SPREADING 😷💰 China didn’t—they used them right from the start...
All tech companies too shud invest and join in the research work of corona vaccine. People are wearing masks. After 4 + months it feels normal to put on a mask to go into a store. gates is lunatic Not for bank robbers. hachche Bill the scientist As he sits there without a mask What else did you « underestimated » TrustIsNotFree
propaganda Who would have ever guessed that preventing the inhalation and exhalation of COVID would save lives? 🤷🏼♂️ Bill, people all over the world hates you. We know what you're doing. WE KNOW. He must have investments in masks as well. People can't understand the value of mask until or unless they suffer with the problems or situations.. Good to hear the value 🙏😈😈
No shit. Dr. Fauci told us they didn’t work. No, we overestimated the value of government. Since when you became an expert in virology? You underestimate the quality of life and natural human function to fucking breathe freely. lol the guy is a scientist now. lmfao Microsoft mask? Who is “we”? ‘Clean’ Mask. Wait till people start getting other respiratory sickness from using dirty mask over and over again.
Why do we give a shit about what Bill Gates thinks he knows about epidemiology? Go program a computer, nerd boy... Is he even a doctor? Who appointed you as the Covid expert? What is this NBC obsession with Bill Gates? I'm sure the majority would agree that: And we the people underestimated your danger!
Said the snake oil salesman CDC says bandana will work. They told this to Doctors and Nurses. They killed a lot of them that listened. CDC has no credibility in the health care front. Who was the genius behind this pamphlet? I want a face to face talk with that person. You should add context, like “to control crowds or people”. I’m I natural scientist and once again I’ll tell you, it’s like using barbed wire to block insects! Our immune system weakens by putting fear on people, by not socializing. Bill should be sued for genocide!
Tell him, take back all death due to him selling herd immunity. Tell him, take back all set back on my work, because when virus hadn't done this level of catastrophe, he showed me how men lobby behind women, as they got to fuck a women, right were her bread butter & passion lies we, who we, i don't! WHO said: 'the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide the adequate level of protection'
Wow 😳 Dr. Gates! Whats the value of finite partial air filters on exhaust fans? Maybe you could sell us air filters too? 💰 I’m glad I figured this out in early January 🐢 Just the immature people did Well Bill, everyone on FB thinks you're going to inject them with some kind of tracking devise. You and Mark need to have a sit down. Facebook is allowing conspiracies and lies to run rampant.
Homo sapiens are toast 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 I hate this guy more and more every day, just as CNBC btw Wow this really great. Now can you fire Jim Cramer for being a misogynist on live TV on CNBC? This is not acceptable. I’m still wondering how he is the expert on viruses and vaccines. Has he become a medical doctor?
dearest Bill we have not underestimated anything before the case is then the time they reach everyone. good luck to all Who is he? Don't know the man. Im pretty sure Dr. Fauci knows more about masks than Bill Gates does. Bill Gates couldn't stop virus's at Microsoft how is he able to stop a man made Virus in real life? DemocratsAreDomesticTerrorists CovidHoax2020
Does a mask protect Microsoft Windows from viruses? Jan 21 Fauci claimed the coronavirus was “not a major threat to the people of the United States.” Feb 29 Fauci claimed there was no need for Americans to “change anything what you’re doing on a day-by-day basis” March 8 Fauci -There's no reason to be walking around with a mask
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Bill Gates’ Father, Who Inspired Bill And Melinda’s Philanthropy, Has Died At Age 94Gates also credits his father with spurring him and Melinda toward charitable giving. RIP sir -Donnie 😭😭😭 Langalezo inkathazo
Bill Gates on the Pandemic: ‘You Hope It Doesn’t Stretch Past 2022.’The philanthropist shares his thoughts about COVID-19 vaccines, America’s failures, and when we can expect real global relief. Bill Gates put 5G in my spreadsheet. F that guy. No vax kuku27 Unfortunately pandemic, by accident or design has come at a time, whose family/roots are unknown, making vaccine , treatment difficult. Additionally more are in pipeline, what can or will happen even god can't tell. Be prepared for worst that could happen to this planet.
Bill Gates says the pandemic wiped out 25 years of vaccine progress in 25 weeksThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released its 2020 Goalkeepers report, meant to measure progress on development goals, on Monday. Philosocrat Shit! and TRUMP, given his 45+ year track-record, LIES & SIMPLY CAN’T EVER BE TRUSTED. His voice on tape 2/7, 3/19 and *4/13* proves it! His decisions nuked families’ lives. Simply put, president DonTheCon lied about a Pandemic endangering everyone & NOW ~197K DEAD & 6M+ INFECTED! FakeNews
Bill Gates Sr., Father of Microsoft Founder, Dies at Age 94William H. Gates II, a Seattle lawyer, rose to the challenge of bringing up a precocious son, Microsoft founder Bill Gates . Mr. Gates Sr. later helped steer his son’s gargantuan philanthropy. BillGates I am sorry for your loss Oh Jesus Christ my condolences to the family!!! A killer of inocents in Planned Parenthood
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