Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19: NPR
Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19: NPR

Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19: NPR

Bill Gates discusses his new book, How to prevent the next pandemic, on stage in New York City. Gates announced Tuesday that he was tested positive for COVID-19.

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Bill Gates discusses his new book, How to prevent the next pandemic, on stage in New York City. Gates announced Tuesday that he was tested positive for COVID-19.

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Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates announced that he has been tested positive for COVID-19.

The 66-year-old tech giant wrote in one tweet Tuesday that he experiences mild symptoms and “follows the advice of experts” by isolating himself until he is healthy.

“I’m lucky to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to tests and good medical treatment,” Gates said tweeted.

In a tweet, Gates said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation planned to meet Tuesday for the first time in two years. Gates says he will participate through Microsoft Teams as he thanks the foundation for its hard work.

“We will continue to work with partners and do everything we can to ensure that neither of us has to deal with a pandemic again,” Gates tweeted.

In 2015, Gates gave one TED talk about global pandemics and warned us that the world was not ready to deal with one.

“There’s no need to panic … but we need to get started,” Gates said during his speech.

In a conversation with NPR’s Ari Shapiro in 2020, Gates talked about coronavirus response, giving the United States high marks for its efforts for social distancing, but low marks for testing.

“Imagine the diagnosis had been available in a month and the therapy in four months and the vaccine in less than a year,” Gates told NPR. “When you have something that grows exponentially, the speed of those responses makes all the difference.”


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