Bill Gates: The new coronavirus test in the United States is still “a sad thing”
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates (Bill Gates) said on Tuesday that it is regrettable that the United States has not yet effectively organized new coronavirus testing to make it more popular and speed up the acquisition of test results. Gates said at the CEO summit organized by the media that some countries can control […]
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates (Bill Gates) said on Tuesday that it is regrettable that the United States has not yet effectively organized new coronavirus testing to make it more popular and speed up the acquisition of test results.
Gates said at the CEO summit organized by the media that some countries can control the outbreak of the new crown epidemic through effective blockade measures. Gates acknowledged that this blockade “will be difficult to enforce in most countries,” but he added that some other countries can deploy new coronavirus tests to help control the epidemic.
“Other countries have performed very good tests in the early stage. They activated the commercial (testing) department.” Gates said, “So far, the United States has not been able to quickly obtain virus test results. We have not organized testing. This is really a problem. Sad thing.”
U.S. federal officials said that although the average test turnaround time in the United States has improved greatly since the beginning of the epidemic, Gates has been criticizing commercial laboratories and the U.S. government for not further speeding up virus test processing time. Many public health experts say that the longer it takes to return test results to a potentially infected person, the value of the test decreases.
Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), who leads the U.S. COVID-19 testing work, emphasized that virus testing alone is not a public health intervention that can control the epidemic. But advocates for more extensive and rapid testing say that implementing rapid testing will encourage people to quarantine if they test positive for the virus, thereby cutting the chain of transmission.
Gates said that investing more and faster virus testing is a good way to control the epidemic, and it will not cause the so-called lockdown economic disaster.
Gates stated that “the United States has never implemented a blockade”. Facts have proved that if an effective blockade is implemented, the disease can be controlled to zero. “But it is difficult to implement in most countries.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are still more than 40,000 new confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States in a single day. Gates said that compared with March, scientists now know much more about the virus. The government can take measures against dangerous environments such as bars, restaurants, and parties to contain the epidemic without a complete lockdown
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