For reasons one cannot begin to imagine, the leftist media still cares what Bill Gates—a pioneer software developer and philanthropist with no actual training in medicine or epidemiology—predicts will happen as the coronavirus pandemic carries on.
His predictions, of course, are quite gloomy, including a suggestion that bars and restaurants in most of the country will be shuttered throughout a “second wave” of the virus.
“I think, sadly, that’s appropriate,” Gates told CNN pundit Jake Tapper in an interview earlier this week.
Bill Gates: "Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed… sadly, that's appropriate." pic.twitter.com/Fx05u2QUju
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“More than 30 million people in California are right now under brand-new stay-at-home orders, as hospitals there risk being overwhelmed,” Tapper stated in the interview. “There are a lot of governors who oppose bringing back these lockdown orders and forcing businesses to close.”
“What do you think?” the anchor asked Gates. “Do you think more states need to consider taking that kind of drastic action and the kind of drastic action we saw when the pandemic first began? Or can there be a more nuanced approach?”
“Well, certainly, mask-wearing has essentially no downside. They’re not expensive,” Gates responded.
“Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed as we go into this wave,” Gates continued. “And I think, sadly, that’s appropriate. Depending on how severe it is, the decision about schools is much more complicated, because, there, the benefits are pretty high, the amount of transmission is not the same as in restaurants and bars.”
“So, trade-offs will have to be made,” the billionaire went on. “But this—the next four to six months really call on us to do our best, because we can see that this will end, and you don’t want somebody you love to be the last to die of coronavirus.”
Gates’ prediction, however, appears to contradict a fair bit of data on the actual safety of eating in restaurants during the pandemic.
According to Eater Magazine, which typically covers the dining scene in COVID epicenter New York City, restaurants and bars accounted for just 1.43 percent of cases recorded in a two-month study period.
Although the information came from contract tracing data and was publicized by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state health officials themselves, Gov. Cuomo nonetheless defended his decision to ban indoor dining in order to “make a difference” against slowly climbing rates.
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