Last night, Microsoft’s co-founder and the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, held an AMA on Reddit to chat about COVID-19 pandemic. During the session, he fatigued upon the need for a ‘shut down’ and the lack of all-encompassing testing in the US.

Gates said the CDC needs to have a axial portal that lets people post their affection and get tested within 24 hours if needed:

We need to adjust and scale the testing system by having a CDC website that people go to and enter their situation. Antecedence situations should get tested within 24 hours. This is very accessible since many countries have done it. Health care workers for archetype should have priority. Elderly people should have priority. We will be able to catch up on the testing demand within a few weeks of accepting the system in place. Without the system we don’t know what is missing – swabs, reagents etc..

He added that testing in the country is not quite organized yet, and hopefully, the White House will abode that bearings soon.

The Microsoft co-founder also insisted that ‘shut downs’ are quite important, and other countries have seen success by implementing it effectively. Opining about developing models that can help with the action of slowing down the spread of this disease, he said the acquaintance and method of arrest the beginning in China is the “most analytical data we have.”


As absolute coronavirus cases in the US have beyond the 9,000 mark, more and more people are cogent affair over the government’s acknowledgment to the situation. Earlier this week, Verily, an Alphabet subsidiary, opened up a portal for free coronavirus testing. However, it’s currently limited to a couple of counties in California.

The White House has also sought help from AI experts, by asking them to study over 29,000 papers on coronavirus to get answers to some key questions. The government is also in talks with tech companies to possibly use area data from your phones to ascendancy the outbreak.

Earlier this month, the Gates Foundation apprenticed $125 actor to analyze abeyant treatments for COVID-19. It has also partnered with Amazon to bear coronavirus testing kits to homes in Seattle.

Gates, joined by medical experts Dr. Trevor Mundel and Dr. Niranjan Bose,also talked about developing accessible vaccines, and how the communicable can impact the economy. You can check out the AMA here.

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