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Bill Gates warns: These threats are lurking for us after the corona pandemic

Bill Gates warns of further threats awaiting us after the coronavirus

Covid-19 is a question that is far from being resolved, but in the meantime there is already talk of the problems that humanity will face in the future. It's Bill Gates: The founder of Microsoft, who spoke in 2015 about the dangers of viruses and a possible pandemic, is now warning of a further range of threats. And this time his words inevitably took on a completely different weight.

Pandemics, animals and nature

According to numerous experts, we have entered the "era of pandemics" in a somewhat brutal manner, of which Covid was a particularly significant chapter worldwide. But let's take a step back. Most of the diseases that experts are concerned about today come from animals. This is the result of a process known as zoonosis from the Greek terms zoo (animal) and nosos (disease). Covid as far as we know at the moment - could have been transmitted from a pangolin. (Read here: This is what Bill Gates says about conspiracy theories)

Whatever the vector, according to scholars, it is the proximity of people who, due to the invasion of their natural habitats, get closer and closer to wild animals that increases the risk of other infections. Hunting and trade in wild animals, as well as the destruction of ecosystems and increased mobility, increase contacts and interactions between wild animals and humans and promote the transmission of diseases.

According to a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B last year, zoonotic virus levels are high among species threatened with extinction because of persecution or loss of natural habitats. Domestic species are responsible for around half of viral zoonoses. Cows and pigs harbor 31 zoonotic viruses, the H1N1 influenza strain is derived from pigs. Among the wild species in rodents, 75.8% of the viral pathogens are concentrated in primates and bats. (Read here: Bill Gates Predicts the End of the Corona Pandemic)

What Bill Gates Said

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has long been raising awareness of these issues, believes the world is not ready for the next pandemic. He said this in various public speeches and repeated in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”: “We are not ready for the next pandemic. I hope the situation will change in two years. Vaccines, tests, drugs, epidemiology, surveillance: there are many things that can be done ». And he calls for a rapid reaction capability, which was not available in the case of Covid: “It is the task of governments to protect citizens from these events. Even during this pandemic there would have been a big difference if the preparation had been better ». (Read here: Bill Gates never spends money on these things)

In a 2015 TED speech, did Gates foresee the next outbreak? "If more than 10 million people die in the next few decades, it is very likely that it is more a highly infectious virus than a war." Fund those vaccines that can be made on a large scale at a low cost of between $ 2 and $ 3 per dose.

Bill Gates on the TED talk about the next outbreaks

And now Bill Gates goes even further and, in an interview with Derek Muller on the YouTube channel "Veritasium", identifies the two threats that could affect us in the coming years: climate change, which is strongly linked to the issue of pandemics; and bio-terrorism, the use of biological agents in attacks, sabotage, massacres or threats. Given this scenario in particular, Bill Gates points to the risk of an even higher death toll than the current pandemic. As for bioterrorism, someone who wanted to cause massive damage could design a virus instead of a nuclear weapon.

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