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Bill Gates on coronavirus: We need an 'extreme shutdown' of 6 to 10 weeks

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    Gates has been preparing for this for a long time. He knew it was coming. He founded CEPI, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations in 2017.

    By 2019 Bill Gates and the foundation were going full-tilt boogie with their pandemic scenarios. He made a Netflix video which made an eerie imaginary scenario. The video, part of the “Explained” series, imagined a wet market in China where live and dead animals are stacked and a highly deadly virus erupts that spreads globally. Gates appears as an expert in the video to warn, “If you think of anything that could come along that would kill millions of people, a pandemic is our greatest risk.” He said if nothing was done to better prepare for pandemics, the time would come when the world would look back and wish it had invested more into potential vaccines. That was weeks before the world heard about bats and a live wet market in Wuhan China.

    In October, 2019 the Gates Foundation teamed up with the World Economic Forum and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to enact what they called a “fictional” scenario simulation involving some of the world’s leading figures in public health. It was titled Event 201.

    As their website describes it, Event 201 simulated an “outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The pathogen and the disease it causes are modeled largely on SARS, but it is more transmissible in the community setting by people with mild symptoms.”

    In the Event 201 scenario the disease originates at a pig farm in Brazil, spreading through low-income regions and ultimately explodes into an epidemic. The disease is carried by air travel to Portugal, the USA and China and beyond to the point no country can control it. The scenario posits no possible vaccine being available in the first year. “Since the whole human population is susceptible, during the initial months of the pandemic, the cumulative number of cases increases exponentially, doubling every week.”

    The scenario then ends after 18 months when the fictional coronavirus has caused 65 million deaths. “The pandemic is beginning to slow due to the decreasing number of susceptible people. The pandemic will continue at some rate until there is an effective vaccine or until 80-90 % of the global population has been exposed.”

    Then in the end of October 2019 there was the World Military Games held in non other than Wuhan, China with 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries.

    Bill Gates, who is no longer the head of Microsoft but heavily invested in biotech.
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    invisible hand
    Truth is often stranger than fiction. Just as there were "exercises" that happened on 9/11 I read today about a similar event which if an article published in Lancet is correct coincides with the time the virus began its march through humanity, late October. Meanwhile, on October 18, “The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” hosted Event 201 which was billed as a “pandemic tabletop exercise”. You will never guess the nature of the pandemic...
  • S
    Recent bankrate poll found 59% of people would go into debt for a surprise $500 bill. This is what these rich people can't possibly understand. A 6 week shutdown with no money coming in is not something most Americans can handle, whether or not they choose to believe it.

    Source, if anyone cares: https://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/money-pulse-0117.aspx
    Bankrate finds unexpected expenses are common — and often send us scrambling.
    Bankrate finds unexpected expenses are common — and often send us scrambling.
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    Hunt B
    A radical thought might be that all people should begin to be screened to determine if they have had the disease, in some way are immune, or are a symptom free carrier. This would allow some people to resume working. If they are not employed or laid off, a social program might be created to put them to work in essential service areas - hospital, sanitation, food prep, supply chain, fire and protection, etc.
  • S
    Problem is a 6 to 10 week shutdown would end all small and most mid size businesses. Its nice to be a billionaire who is retired and doesn't have to worry about working or keeping a business opened.
  • J
    Oh yes, let's take the advice of the guy who ran this...

    Event 201
    The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.
  • P
    Even though many thinking it, out of fear no one is saying it, so I will. We have to begin to think about what the acceptable number of deaths are from this event. That’s right, I wrote that statement out loud. If the economy doesn’t restart very soon—while continuing to have many of the anti-virus-spreading interventions in place, at this pace of economic contraction--it won’t handle the aftermath. A society is nothing without its economy. You have to look at the math; understand how epidemics spread (and eventually run their course); don’t confuse the infection rate with the death rate; know how some intervention must be done, and how much intervention can be done; and come to see and understand the interdependencies of everyone to everyone in an economy (when the neighbors on both sides of you don’t have jobs, you will suffer also in some significant way). However, don’t strangle the economy to such a low point that millions are left in economic ruin. Ultimately, this means there is a balance at which there must be an acceptable number of deaths that arise from this event. Who gets to decide that number? We do. We have done it in the past with other forms of flu. We have done it in the past, and are doing it right now, with other forms of viral and bacterial infections, and many other forms of death for which we do little to intervene. Empathy is important to a society, yet can be dangerous when the extreme expression of empathy goes too far. Begin to think about the acceptable number of deaths from this event. Twelve months from now, when the vaccine is, hopefully, available, a different set of criteria will apply to our collective decision-making.
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    LLong as he pays my bills I’m OK with his point of view, I love how billionaires tell us all how to live and yet don’t worry about any of our financial problems the same with celebrities who just think it’s fun and games to sit at home while the rest of us have to have stress and anxiety and fear for losing everything we have because we don’t make the money they do
  • J
    My man lives in a house with 7 bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, a 2,300 square foot dining hall, a 2,500 square foot gym, has a sixty foot pool with underwater sound, and has a 23 car garage. Probably not too hard to shelter-in-place there. Neither he, nor his family, will ever have to work another day in their lives...forever. Sorry Billy, I've got four employees I care for deeply, and we need to get back to work (and our clients do) to survive. We make tough decisions every day where we know people will die (i.e. getting in a car and going to work), and sadly, 99.99% of us aren't set for life.
  • K
    I know that Bill Gates & everyone at this conference NEVER had to worry about where they were going to sleep or eat tomorrow. It's always easier for the people above water to talk.