As the COVID-19 wave currently powered by the omicron weakens, there will be rather far fewer cases. Coronavirus can probably be treated as a seasonal flu – said Microsoft’s co-founder, billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates. This was reported on Wednesday by CNBC.
CNBC refers to an exchange of views between Gates, whom it calls a “public health advocate”, on Twitter with the University of Edinburgh’s head of global public health, Prof. Devi Sridhar.
According to Gates, “the omicron will produce high resistance next year”.
If enough parts of the country manage to maintain some level of concurrent immunity against Covid, whether vaccine-induced or otherwise, the spread of the virus could slow down long enough for the pandemic to become endemic, he added.
“We may have to take Covid shots every year for a while, as well as the flu shots,” explained Gates.
In an online debate with Sridhar, he noted that as long as the omicron does not go away, unvaccinated people will still experience the “worst cases” of Covid. Health care systems around the world will face the challenge, he added, due to the extremely high infectivity of this variant.
CNBC points out that Microsoft’s founder is not the first to make predictions about an end to pandemic. According to some experts, the rapid spread of the omicron, while certainly dangerous, could equip enough people with so-called natural immunity, which will put Covid into a much less severe “endemic” phase.
However, Gates does not rule out another possible scenario, according to which another variant of the coronavirus may be more severe or transmitted in a different way than the current ones. In his opinion, this is rather unlikely, but not impossible.
Andrzej Dobrowolski from New York